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Literary Constellations

Constellations of first sentences from each chapter of short stories

When a story is well-written, you can become so immersed while reading that it becomes your world. All your surroundings disappear and all that remains are the words on the page guiding you through the story. These words can be transformed into constellation-like diagrams. The first words of a story—and even every chapter—are unique in that they set the stage for what's to come.

Constellations were created from words of first sentences of each chapter in classic short stories to draw a paths based on word length and part of speech. The directions of lines were based on part of speech (noun, verb, adjective, etc.) and length is based on the length of the word. Star sizes are also based on word length. Constellations were hand-arranged in a loose clockwise pattern starting at the top with a faint highlight connecting each in the order chapters appeared in the story representing the cloud of the galaxy usually shown in vintage star charts.

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A Little Princess

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Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

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Around the World in Eighty Days

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Dracula

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Dubliners

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Five Children and It

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Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus

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Heidi

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Little Lord Fauntleroy

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Peter Pan

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Robinson Crusoe

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The Invisible Man

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The Jungle Book

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The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood

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The Phantom of the Opera

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The Secret Garden

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The Time Machine

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The War of the Worlds

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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

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Through the Looking Glass

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All literature used is in the public domain and was retrieved from Project Gutenberg.


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Published January 15, 2017


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