Nabokov's Favourite Word is Mauve

Nabokov's Favourite Word is Mauve : The Literary Quirks and Oddities of Our Most-Loved Authors

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'Read this book thoughtfully. It's fun. And, I think, the shape of some very interesting things to come.' John Sutherland, The Times Nabokov's Favourite Word is Mauve is a playful look at what the numbers have to say about our favourite authors and their classic books. Journalist and statistician Ben Blatt asks the questions that have intrigued curious book lovers for generations: Does each writer have their own stylistic footprint? Do men and women write differently? What are the crutch words our best-loved authors fall back on? Which writer is the most cliched? Spanning from Shakespeare and Jane Austen to fan fiction, JK Rowling and Stephen King, Blatt reveals the quirks and oddities of the world's greatest writers. This is a lighthearted, humorous book that uses numbers to inform our understanding of words to enlighten, to clarify, and, above all, to more

Product details

  • Hardback | 288 pages
  • 135 x 216 x 25mm | 414g
  • Simon & Schuster Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1471152820
  • 9781471152825
  • 21,992

About Ben Blatt

Ben Blatt is a staff writer for Slate, where he has garnered a solid fan following with articles including 'Text Analysis of the Hunger Games' and 'Which Friends were the Closest Friends?' (see included links in the proposal). He is a recent Harvard graduate and a Harvard Lampoon alumnus. Grove released his first book, I Don't Care If We Never Get Back: 30 Games in 30 Days on the Best Worst Baseball Road Trip Ever, co-written with Eric Brewster, this spring - a humorous account of their road trip to all 30 Major League Baseball parks that Ben designed via computer algorithm:show more

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'What fun this is! Ben Blatt's charming book applies numerical know-how to questions of literary style, teasing out insights about cliffhangers, adverbs' -- Jordan Ellenberg, author of How Not to Be Wrong 'Ben Blatt's delightful book gives us an original big data perspective on great writers' work. Its humour, insights and statistical displays are fascinating to behold, even as it helps us develop our own writing' -- Carl N. Morris, Professor Emeritus of Statistics, Harvard University 'It was statisticians, rather than historians, who cracked the centuries' old mystery of the Federalist Papers-and they did it with mere paper and pencil. Operating in the same investigative spirit-and with the benefit of vastly more powerful tools-Ben Blatt probes the literary canon for unexpected revelations and insights. The result is a literary detective story: fast-paced, thought-provoking, and intriguing. In Nabokov's Favorite Word is Mauve we learn what separates authors' great works from their lesser ones, how our literary tastes have changed over the years, and, charmingly, whether some of the writers most prone to dispensing literary advice actually practice what they preach.' -- Brian Christian, co-author of Algorithms to Live Byshow more