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20 Awesome Examples Of Literary Graffiti

Thank you, graffiti artists, for making our streets a little bit smarter. How many of these literary references do you recognize?

1. Kurt Vonnegut, “Slaughterhouse Five”

2. Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, “The Little Prince”

3. T.S. Eliot, “The Waste Land”

Eliot took the line “Sweet Thames, run softly, till I end my song” from Edmund Spenser’s Prothalamion. And yes, that is the Thames.

4. F. Scott Fitzgerald, “The Great Gatsby”

5. George Orwell, “Animal Farm”

6. Margaret Atwood, “The Handmaid’s Tale”

7. J. R. R. Tolkien, “The Fellowship of the Ring”

8. Thomas Pynchon, “The Crying of Lot 49”

9. William Shakespeare, “Macbeth”

10. William Blake, “The Marriage of Heaven and Hell”

11. Emily Dickinson, “I’m Nobody! Who are you?”

12. William Carlos Williams, “Red Wheelbarrow”

13. Edgar Allan Poe, “A Dream Within a Dream”

14. Lewis Carroll, “Alice in Wonderland”

This is based on John Tenniel’s famous illustration of Alice finding the door to Wonderland.

15. Allen Ginsberg, “Howl”

16. William Shakespeare, “Sonnet 116”

17. Joseph Heller, “Catch-22”

18. J. R. R. Tolkien, “The Fellowship of the Ring”

19. George Orwell, “1984”

20. Richard Adams, “Watership Down”

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