Shmoop Releases Hundreds of Infographics, Bringing Literature to Life

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Visual learners can now feast their eyes on Shmoop's graphic representations of their favorite works of literature.

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It's no secret that kids learn through images. Our videos were the first foray into visual learning, and our infographics are the icing on the cake.

Ever wondered what Jay Gatsby looks like when he isn't being played by Leo? Struggling to track who loves (and lusts) whom in Pride and Prejudice? Trying to map Holden's travels in The Catcher in the Rye? Shmoop (, an online publisher known for its award-winning Test Prep and certified Online Courses, has all the answers.

Shmoop's infographics cover the nitty gritty of plot, character, setting, and more, with original illustrations and quirky visual representations of everyone's favorite stories.

Their depiction of Daisy Buchanan shows her all dolled up, spouting off some relevant Taylor Swift lyrics. And if students want to get a sense for how she fits into the plot of The Great Gatsby as a whole, they can hop over to the relationship map, where they'll see who's friends with whom, who's having an affair with whom, and who—spoiler alert—kills whom. All in one image.

For users who want to know what Harry Potter & co. looked like before Hollywood got its hands on them, Shmoop's character infographics have it all. They give Hagrid a little more grooming credit than Warner Bros. did, and they depict Hermione in all her frizzy glory, claiming that her weaknesses are "None. And don't try to disagree with us."

"It's no secret that kids learn through images," says David Siminoff, founder of Shmoop. "Our videos were the first foray into visual learning, and our infographics are the icing on the cake."

In addition to full Learning Guides on each text, Shmoop's most popular infographics have corresponding Online Courses, which users can access via a Shmoop subscription.

About Shmoop

Shmoop offers hundreds of thousands of pages of original content. Their Online Courses, Test Prep, Teaching Guides, Learning Guides, and interactive Study Tools are written by teachers and experts and balance a teen-friendly, approachable style with academically rigorous concepts. Shmoop sees 11 million unique visitors a month across desktop and mobile. The company has won numerous awards from EdTech Digest, Tech & Learning, and the Association of Educational Publishers. Launched in 2008, Shmoop makes the magic happen from a labradoodle-patrolled office in Mountain View, California.

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