A Visualization of Punctuation in Literature (aka, Why I'm No Fan of Faulkner)

I remember reading William Faulkner in high school and struggling with books like As I Lay Dying and Absalom, Absalom! Few would argue these are easy books, but some new visualizations by Adam Calhoun, a researcher and bookworm at Princeton, demonstrate just why Faulkner's style requires such careful reading.

Calhoun stripped out the words and created visualizations of the punctuation used in his favorite books. In one, for instance, you can see Faulkner's Absalom (right) is a different beast altogether than, say, Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy.

Check out his work over on Medium, where he has posted a series of fascinating comparisons of punctuation in well-known works of literature.

Posted on February 22, 2016 and filed under Books, Art.