We might be used to reading their heavy prose or lengthy poetry, but now everyone from Shakespeare to De Beauvoir are having their thoughts squeezed into 140 characters in a range of Twitter parodies.
Well, their perceived thoughts at least. The authors are all dead and unfortunately Twitter does not yet work from beyond the grave.
Each account will tweet quotes from the author’s work and anticipate what they would say if given a voice today.
We follow living authors such as Margaret Atwood and Alain de Bouton avidly, reading their latest gripes, seeing photos of their lunch, hearing their views on the eurozone crisis. So is giving past authors the opportunity to share their thoughts really that weird?
We’ve rounded them up and put them in to a slideshow. Tell us what you think: Are they accurate? Do the creators have too much time on their hands? Are there any missing that you would like to see?