Literary Paraphernalia: 10 Bookish T-Shirts

We scoured the internet in search of bookish T-shirts for this week’s Literary Paraphernalia post.

This T-shirt is the perfect mix of modern, vibrant colors and the classic Edgar Allen Poe.

This quote is perfect for so many reasons. Even if you’re not a huge booknerd, it still has meaning. The full quote comes from Cassandra Clare’s book Clockwork Princess.

During my undergraduate years in college, I read Henrik Ibsen’s play A Doll’s House. To this day, it’s probably one of my favorite plays. Without giving away any spoilers, A Doll’s House was quite controversial when it debuted in 1879 because the female lead, Nora, made a life-changing decision that seemed to spit in the face of typical gender roles of the time. This T-shirt is created from the classical text. You can actually read it!

I’m a bad booknerd, in the sense that I rarely go to libraries. To be fair, I think I’m doing libraries everywhere a favor—because much like with movie rentals, I can never seem to return items that I borrow. I also like giving friends old copies of books that I love—in part because I hope they’ll enjoy it as much as I did but also as an excuse to buy a new copy. But if you’re a proud library-card-holding book lover, this T-shirt comes with a library stamp graphic that you’re sure to love.

Slaughterhouse-Five is probably Kurt Vonnegut’s most popular book, as with Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World and George Orwell’s 1984 (both of which are below). I don’t have too much to say about these designs, since each of them is based on the covers of the book. But I loved the colors of each T-shirts and felt that they were better designed than other book-cover T-shirts I’ve seen before.

Now this. This. Well, I imagine this is how every Harry Potter fan feels about college. Grateful to be there, but still secretly waiting for their acceptance letter to show up from Hogwarts. “It totally just got lost in the mail.”

Any Oscar Wilde fan needs this T-shirt. I’m always impressed with how elegant Wilde manages to look. Somehow, this pose just doesn’t feel quite as natural when I attempt it.

I questioned adding this T-shirt to the list. Sure, I’m as much of a Charlotte’s Web fan as the next person, but this shirt may seriously diminish my self-esteem. On the other hand, I am trying to lose a few pounds for a wedding I’m attending in June. Looking in the mirror and seeing “some pig” reflected back at me may be just the motivation I need.


About Melanie Figueroa

Melanie is the Editor-in-Chief at The Poetics Project. She has a masters in writing and book publishing from Portland State University and a passion for stories in all their forms. Her favorite book is The Bell Jar. You can follow Melanie on Twitter or Instagram @wellmelsbells.
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