Literary Constellations: Astronomy-Inspired Visualizations

Data artist Nick Rougeux created a series of astronomy-inspired diagrams of the opening sentences of beloved books and short stories. The constellations were created from words from the first sentences of each chapter, direction of lines was based on part of speech, and star size and length was based on length of word.

Brain Pickings described Rougeux's data art as embodying "Nabokov's criterion for great storytelling -- 'a merging of the precision of poetry and the intuition of science' -- and is therefore a winsome canvas onto which to celebrate literary classics."

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