Punctuation in novels

15 Feb

Great literature without all those bothersome words

neuroecology

Faulkner versus McCarthy

I found some beautiful posters that showed the punctation in different novels the other day. I was immediately curious if I could do something similar and wrote a little script (code here) to extract the punctation and print out a compressed representation of my favorite novels.

Then, like any proper scientist, I looked at the data and did some simple stats. Go see on Medium!

Here are a few of the (almost) full sets of punctuation from a couple of novels. For Pride And Prejudice, note the zoom-in versus the zoom-out:

zoom-outzoom-in

Here are the files for Pride and Prejudice (alternate), A Doll’s House, and Romeo and Juliet.

Please let me know in the comments how totally I was wrong in my Medium analysis, and if there is anything you would like to see.

Update: Here a couple I thought were interesting. First, part of…

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