Illustrator Offers Shortcut to Classic Literature With Hilariously Brief Summaries

Cartoonist John Atkinson (of Wrong Hands) took some of the world's most beloved literary classics and offers us all humorous spoilers. For his Abridged Classics and (More) Abridged Classics series, the artist selected a total of 12 books, which includes War and Peace, Moby Dick, Wuthering Heights, and Beowulf. Creating a simple drawing of the books, Atkinson includes a brief, comical caption describing the various plots in the simplest way possible.

Atkinson combines literature, art, and comedy in these funny illustrations and, luckily, it seems like we can look forward to seeing more of these works, as the artist revealed on Facebook that there will be another installment. We cannot wait to see what books he tackles next!

UPDATE: Atkinson has turned this beloved series into a book titled Abridged Classics: Brief Summaries of Books You Were Supposed to Read but Probably Didn’t. It's published by HarperCollins and currently available to purchase on Amazon.

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h/t: [Laughing Squid]


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