25 Famous First Sentences From Your Favorite Stories, Reimagined In A Work Of Art

Call me Literary Decor.

Some innovative grammar nerds of the best kind made Reed-Kellogg diagrams of English literature’s 25 most famous opening lines.

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Reed-Kellogg diagrams split a sentence into its different constituents, like subject, predicate, and modifiers.

The end result is just gorgeous.

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It can be found for pre-order at Pop Chart Lab.

1. Herman Melville, Moby Dick

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2. Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina

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3. F. Scott Fitgerald, The Great Gatsby

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4. Virginia Woolf, Orlando

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5. Cormac McCarthy, The Road

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6. Raymond Chandler, The Big Sleep

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7. Franz Kafka, Metamorphosis

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8. William Faulkner, The Sound and the Fury

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9. David Foster Wallace, Infinite Jest

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10. Vladmir Nabokov, Lolita

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11. Ernest Hemingway, The Old Man and the Sea

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12. David Markson, Wittgenstein’s Mistress

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13. George Orwell, 1984

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14. Miguel de Cervantes, Don Quixote

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15. Toni Morrison, Beloved

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16. John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath

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17. Thomas Pynchon, Gravity’s Rainbow

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18. H. G. Wells, The Time Machine

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19. Hunter S. Thompson, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

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20. Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451

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21. Gabriel García Márquez, One Hundred Years of Solitude

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22. J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan

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23. Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

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24. Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar

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25. Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse Five

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