Nabokov's Favorite Word Is Mauve: What the Numbers Reveal About the Classics, Bestsellers, and Our Own Writing - PDF free download eBook

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What are our favorite author's favorite words? Which bestselling writer uses the most clichés? How can we judge a book by its cover?Data meet literature in this playful and informative look at...

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Original Title
Nabokov's Favorite Word Is Mauve: What the Numbers Reveal About the Classics, Bestsellers, and Our Own Writing
ISBN13
9781501105388
Edition Format
Hardcover
Number of Pages
271 pages
Book Language
English
Ebook Format
PDF, EPUB

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What are our favorite author's favorite words? Which bestselling writer uses the most clichés? How can we judge a book by its cover?

Data meet literature in this playful and informative look at our favorite authors and their masterpieces. There's a famous piece of writing advice—offered by Ernest Hemingway, Stephen King, and myriad writers in between—not to use -ly adverbs What are our favorite author's favorite words? Which bestselling writer uses the most clichés?

How can we judge a book by its cover? Data meet literature in this playful and informative look at our favorite authors and their masterpieces. There's a famous piece of writing advice—offered by Ernest Hemingway, Stephen King, and myriad writers in between—not to use -ly adverbs like "quickly" or "fitfully".

It sounds like solid advice, but can we actually test it? If we were to count all the -ly adverbs these authors used in their careers, do they follow their own advice compared to other celebrated authors? What's more, do great books in general—the classics and the bestsellers—share this trait?

In Nabokov's Favorite Word Is Mauve, statistician and journalist Ben Blatt brings big data to the literary canon, exploring the wealth of fun findings that remain hidden in the works of the world's greatest writers. He assembles a database of thousands of books and hundreds of millions of words, and starts asking the questions that have intrigued curious word nerds and book lovers for generations: What are our favorite author's favorite words? Do men and women write differently?

Are bestsellers getting dumber over time? Which bestselling writer uses the most clichés? What makes a great opening sentence?

How can we judge a book by its cover? And which writerly advice is worth following or ignoring?


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