See Classic Novels Visualized with No Words and Punctuation Only

We’ve seen plenty of literature-based art in our time: amazing paintings on book edgesa map of famous literary road trips. Usually it’s the book used as the canvas, or the words reimagined in clever ways. But we’ve never seen a visualization of a book—without its words.

For his Between the Words series, Chicago-based web developer and artist Nicholas Rougeux has visualized 8 famous novels, using their punctuation only. It seems like an unusual way of looking at a literary piece of work, but Rougeaux says it is “an exploration of visual rhythm of punctuation in well-known literary works.”

Certainly, a writer’s style is not only comprised of their literary voice and choice of words; it is the sentence structure and pacing that also moves the story, so it makes sense to examine these patterns alone. Who favors the comma? Who enjoys the semi-colon? Check out all 8 of the famous works below.

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll



Moby Dick; or, The Whale by Herman Melville


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Jane Eyre; an Autobiography by Charlotte Brontë


jane-eyre-closeup-largeA Christmas Carol by Charles Dickensa-christmas-carol-large


Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie peter-pan-large


Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen pride-and-prejudice-large


The Time Machine by H.G. Wells the-time-machine-large


Ulysses by James Joyce ulysses-large


The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum wizard-of-oz-large


Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë wuthering-heights-large


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