The Resource Nabokov's favorite word is mauve : what the numbers reveal about the classics, bestsellers, and our own writing, Ben Blatt

Nabokov's favorite word is mauve : what the numbers reveal about the classics, bestsellers, and our own writing, Ben Blatt

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Nabokov's favorite word is mauve : what the numbers reveal about the classics, bestsellers, and our own writing
Title
Nabokov's favorite word is mauve
Title remainder
what the numbers reveal about the classics, bestsellers, and our own writing
Statement of responsibility
Ben Blatt
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Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
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. Blatt breaks his findings down into lucid, humorous language and clear and compelling visuals. 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
Cataloging source
YDXCP
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Blatt, Ben
Dewey number
002.021
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
LC call number
PN165
LC item number
.B63 2017
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Books
  • Authorship
  • Authorship
Label
Nabokov's favorite word is mauve : what the numbers reveal about the classics, bestsellers, and our own writing, Ben Blatt
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Use sparingly -- He wrote, she wrote -- Searching for fingerprints -- Write by example -- Guiltier pleasures -- U.K. vs. U.S. -- Clichés, repeats, and favorites -- How to judge a book by its cover -- Beginnings and endings -- Epilogue
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
Extent
271 pages
Isbn
9781501105388
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color)
System control number
  • 1546151
  • 1521172
  • 1521172
  • (OCoLC)952647993
  • 1371289
  • (OCoLC)ocn952647993
  • 1371289
  • 1521172
  • 1521172
  • 1546151
  • 1546151
Label
Nabokov's favorite word is mauve : what the numbers reveal about the classics, bestsellers, and our own writing, Ben Blatt
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Use sparingly -- He wrote, she wrote -- Searching for fingerprints -- Write by example -- Guiltier pleasures -- U.K. vs. U.S. -- Clichés, repeats, and favorites -- How to judge a book by its cover -- Beginnings and endings -- Epilogue
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
Extent
271 pages
Isbn
9781501105388
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color)
System control number
  • 1546151
  • 1521172
  • 1521172
  • (OCoLC)952647993
  • 1371289
  • (OCoLC)ocn952647993
  • 1371289
  • 1521172
  • 1521172
  • 1546151
  • 1546151

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