Ohio-based artist John Sokol had a novel idea when he decided to create portraits of famous literary artist portraits using the subjects’ own words.

The word portraits feature famous literary men from the last 200 years with their faces made up entirely of their own words. Some of my favorites that are featured in this gallery include Toni Morrison for Song of Solomon, Walt Whitman for Leaves of Grass, Samuel Beckett for Waiting for Godot, William Faulker for The Sound and the Fury, Leo Tolstoy for War and Peace and even 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama, for his speech A More Perfect Union.

While a few of these word portraits have been sold, the others are still available for purchase directly from the official John Sokol website.