ShrinkLits: Seventy of the World's Towering Classics Cut Down to Size by Maurice SagoffShrinkLits: Seventy of the World's Towering Classics Cut Down to Size by Maurice Sagoff

ShrinkLits: Seventy of the World's Towering Classics Cut Down to Size

byMaurice Sagoff

Paperback | January 6, 1980

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From Antigone to Lolita, from Beowulf to The Hobbit. The world's greatest literature is summarized in Maurice Sagoff's hilarious light verse. The result-70 intoxicating distillations of the classics everyone has been taking far too seriously for far too long. Selection of the Quality Paperback Book Club and a New York Times Best Seller. 180,000 copies in print.
Maurice SagoffAge: 88 journalist-turned-poet who wrote Shrinklits: 70 of the World's Towering Classics Cut Down to Size, a collection that cleverly and succinctly summarized literary classics in verse. Passed away March 18,1998.
Title:ShrinkLits: Seventy of the World's Towering Classics Cut Down to SizeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:112 pages, 6.96 × 5.22 × 0.31 inPublished:January 6, 1980Publisher:Workman Publishing Co

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Table of Contents


Preface ShrinkLit: Elements of Style

William Strunk, Jr. and E.B. White

Moll Flanders

Daniel Defoe

The Courtship of Miles Standish

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


The Pied Piper of Hamelin

Robert Browning


Sinclair Lewis


Mary Shelley


Franz Kafka

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Robert Louis Stevenson

Around the World in Eighty Days

Jules Verne

Kubla Khan

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

The Catcher in the Rye

J.D. Salinger

Oliver Twist

Charles Dickens


Dante Alighieri



King Lear

William Shakespeare

Silas Marner

George Eliot

The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Uncle Tom's Cabin

Harriet Beecher Stowe

Rip Van Winkle

Washington Irving

Lady Chatterley's Lover

D.H. Lawrence

Jane Eyre

Charlotte Bronte

Common Sense

Thomas Paine

Caesar's Commentaries on the Gallic Wars

Caius Julius Caesar

A Farewell to Arms

Ernest Hemmingway

Cyrano de Bergerac

Edmond Rostand

The Song of Hiawatha

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The Great Gatsby

F. Scott Fitzgerald

Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard

Thomas Gray

A Doll's House

Henrik Ibsen


Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The Count of Monte Cristo

Alexandre Dumas

Crime and Punishment

Fyodor Dostoyevsky

The Hobbit (two versions)

J.R.R. Tolkien


Vladimir Nabokov

The Self-Help Books

Portnoy's Complaint

Phillip Roth

The Joy of Sex

Alex Comfort



Sexual Behavior in the Human Male (The Kinsey Report)

Alfred C. Kinsey and others

Critique of Pure Reason

Immanuel Kant

Alice in Wonderland

Lewis Carroll

The Shih Ching

Kung-Tzu (Confucius)

The Pilgrim's Progress

John Bunyan



The Raven

Edgar Allen Poe

The Bridge of San Luis Rey

Thornton Wilder

The Deserted Village

Oliver Goldsmith

On Thermonuclear War

Herman Kahn

The Compleat Angler

Izaak Walton

Don Quixote

Miguel de Cervantes


Henry David Thoreau

Small is Beautiful

E.F. Schumacher



George Bernard Shaw

Gulliver's Travels

Jonathan Swift

The Communist Manifesto

Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels

Quotations from Chairman Mao Tse-Tung (The "Little Red Book")

Return of the Native

Thomas Hardy

Moby Dick or the White Whale

Herman Melville

The Origin of Species

Charles Darwin

Listen to the Warm

Rod McKuen

The Book of Lists

David Wallechinsky, Irving Wallace and Amy Wallace

Robinson Crusoe

Daniel Defoe

Principles of Political Economy

John Stuart Mill

Call of the Wild

Jack London

The Canterbury Tales

Geoffrey Chaucer

The Sonnets of William Shakespeare (1-17)

The Sonnets of William Shakespeare (18-154)

From Our Editors

Seventy of the world's greatest literary masterpieces are summarized in light verse, from The Communist Manifesto in eight lines to Crime and Punishment in twenty.

Selection of the Quality Paperback Book Club and a New York Times Best Seller.