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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.

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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 authors' 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?

Blatt draws upon existing analysis techniques and invents some of his own. All of his investigations and experiments are original, conducted himself, and no math knowledge is needed to understand the results. This eye-opening book will provide you with a new appreciation for your favorite authors and a fresh perspective on your own writing, illuminating both the patterns that hold great prose together and the brilliant flourishes that make it unforgettable.

"Vikas Adam does a superlative job" ---AudioFile

“Illuminating entertainment . . . Literary criticism by the numbers.” ---Kirkus

“Amiable and intelligent . . . literature enthusiasts will enjoy the hypotheses [Blatt] poses and his imaginative methods.” ---Publishers Weekly

"A lighthearted numerical examination of words that is informative, surprising and funny." ---Shelf Awareness

“Enlightening” ---Wall Street Journal

“Fascinating . . . the book had me humming with pleasure.” ---The Sunday Times

Nabokov's Favorite Word Is Mauve

What the Numbers Reveal About the Classics, Bestsellers, and Our Own Writing

Author Ben Blatt

Narrated by Vikas Adam

Publication date Sep 12, 2017

Running time 5 hrs 24 min

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