Writing by the Numbers

'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 'Lively ... worthwhile .

Author: Ben Blatt

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ISBN: 1471152820

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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 clich�d? 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 entertain.

Nabokov s Favorite Word Is Mauve

What makes a great opening sentence? And which writerly advice is worth following or ignoring? All of Blatt’s investigations and experiments are original, conducted himself, and no math knowledge is needed to enjoy the book.

Author: Ben Blatt

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781501105401

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 288

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Data meets literature in this “enlightening” (The Wall Street Journal), “brilliant” (The Boston Globe), “Nate Silver-esque” (O, The Oprah Magazine) look at what the numbers have to say about 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 “angrily.” 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? What’s more, do great books in general—the classics and the bestsellers—share this trait? In the age of big data we can answer questions like these in the blink of an eye. In Nabokov’s Favorite Word Is Mauve, a “literary detective story: fast-paced, thought-provoking, and intriguing” (Brian Christian, coauthor of Algorithms to Live By), statistician and journalist Ben Blatt explores the wealth of fun findings that can be discovered by using text and data analysis. He assembles a database of thousands of books and hundreds of millions of words, and then he asks the questions that have intrigued book lovers for generations: What are our favorite authors’ favorite words? Do men and women write differently? Which bestselling writer uses the most clichés? What makes a great opening sentence? And which writerly advice is worth following or ignoring? All of Blatt’s investigations and experiments are original, conducted himself, and no math knowledge is needed to enjoy the book. On every page, there are new and eye-opening findings. By the end, you will have a newfound appreciation of your favorite authors and also come away with a fresh perspective on your own writing. “Blatt’s new book reveals surprising literary secrets” (Entertainment Weekly) and casts an x-ray through literature, allowing us to see both the patterns that hold it together and the brilliant flourishes that allow it to spring to life.

Changes in Attitudes to Immigrants in Britain 1841 1921

For a general work on the statistical analysis of writers ' words , see Blatt , Nabokov's Favourite Word Is Mauve . 12 An exact search in the entire British ...

Author: Ben Braber

Publisher: Anthem Press

ISBN: 9781785276354

Category: History

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This book reviews changes in attitudes to immigrants in Britain and the language that was used to put these feelings into words between 1841 and 1921. Using a historical and linguistic method for an analysis of so far for this purpose relatively unused primary sources, it offers novel findings. It has found that changes in the meaning and use of the word alien in Britain coincided during the period between 1841 and 1921 with the expression of changing attitudes to immigrants in this country and the modification of the British variant of the English language. When people in Britain in these years used the term ‘an alien’, they meant most likely a foreigner, stranger, refugee or immigrant. In 1841 an alien denoted a foreigner or a stranger, notably a person residing or working in a country who did not have the nationality or citizenship of that country. However, by 1921 an alien mainly signified an immigrant in Britain – a term which, as this book shows, had in the course of the years since 1841 acquired very negative connotations.

The Heartful Art of Revision

Nabokov's. Favorite. Word. Is. Mauve. ... For Blatt to class them as favorites, those words had only to be used in half an author's books, at least once per ...

Author: Mark David Gerson

Publisher: MDG Media International

ISBN: 9781950189274

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 258

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Transform Your Writing into the Masterpiece It Deserves to Be! • Discover the critical “missing piece” about editing that no other book or course will tell you • Learn dynamic, cutting-edge techniques certain to make your work more compelling…and sellable • Experience a revolutionary approach to editing guaranteed to give your work its best shot at critical acclaim and popular success "Groundbreaking! Adds a richness to editing that I wish I’d known years ago." – Nancy Edelstein, professional editor and author of Your Path to Oneness "Revolutionary and inspiring! A welcome, new-paradigm perspective on the editing process." – Kimberly Squiers, Long Beach, CA Whether you’re a seasoned pro or just starting out, you’ll never feel the same about editing again! From The Heartful Art of Revision: An Intuitive Guide to Editing... "No matter how good you think your first draft is, chances are it isn’t ready for the world to see. Chances are it isn’t ready for anyone to see. "Every first draft needs editing. Every second and third draft also need editing. "It doesn’t matter whether you’re Margaret Atwood, Stephen King or Jane or John Doe. You want your book, poem, article, essay or script to be the best expression on the page of your vision for it. "That’s what this book is about: to provide you with the practical tools and tips that will refine the raw clay of your idea into the finished work it deserves to be...that you deserve it to be. "But it’s about more than that. The “heartful art of revision” is a groundbreaking approach to editing that applies the same intuitive skills I teach about writing to a process that has traditionally focused on the analytical. "Most people say “write from the heart, edit from the head.” I say “write from the heart, edit from the heart.” Turn the page and I’ll show you how!"

Nabokov s Pale Fire

... my love, 950 You too are there, beneath the word, above The syllable, ... associated with Hazel's childhood: I had a favorite young shagbark there 50 ...

Author: Brian Boyd

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 1400823196

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 320

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Pale Fire is regarded by many as Vladimir Nabokov's masterpiece. The novel has been hailed as one of the most striking early examples of postmodernism and has become a famous test case for theories about reading because of the apparent impossibility of deciding between several radically different interpretations. Does the book have two narrators, as it first appears, or one? How much is fantasy and how much is reality? Whose fantasy and whose reality are they? Brian Boyd, Nabokov's biographer and hitherto the foremost proponent of the idea that Pale Fire has one narrator, John Shade, now rejects this position and presents a new and startlingly different solution that will permanently shift the nature of critical debate on the novel. Boyd argues that the book does indeed have two narrators, Shade and Charles Kinbote, but reveals that Kinbote had some strange and highly surprising help in writing his sections. In light of this interpretation, Pale Fire now looks distinctly less postmodern--and more interesting than ever. In presenting his arguments, Boyd shows how Nabokov designed Pale Fire for readers to make surprising discoveries on a first reading and even more surprising discoveries on subsequent readings by following carefully prepared clues within the novel. Boyd leads the reader step-by-step through the book, gradually revealing the profound relationship between Nabokov's ethics, aesthetics, epistemology, and metaphysics. If Nabokov has generously planned the novel to be accessible on a first reading and yet to incorporate successive vistas of surprise, Boyd argues, it is because he thinks a deep generosity lies behind the inexhaustibility, complexity, and mystery of the world. Boyd also shows how Nabokov's interest in discovery springs in part from his work as a scientist and scholar, and draws comparisons between the processes of readerly and scientific discovery. This is a profound, provocative, and compelling reinterpretation of one of the greatest novels of the twentieth century.

The Canadian Forum

Although Nabokov does not include this fact in the summary of his favourite
author's career , Sirin announced his affiliations as early as ... Because Hermann
is also a snob with a taste for yellow gloves , pale - grey suits and lilac ties , he
cannot face the day when his trademark ... His object , of course , is to get hold of
his own life insurance ( the tale , in other words , is true ) , but since he can hardly
apply ...

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ISBN: STANFORD:36105210968017

Category: Arts

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Dutch Quarterly Review of Anglo American Letters

In other words “ ombrioles " are “ artistic ” pornographic photos . When Gradus
arrives at the villa , Lavender is out , so he is shown around the garden by a
delectable young resident musician called Gordon ... Gordon is exhorted by
Mademoiselle Baudtoshow Gradus “ his favourite flowers ” ( p . 159 ) . ... Nabokov
presents the entire scene as a series of snapshots or “ ombrioles ” with Gordon
posing , now ...

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ISBN: IND:30000118013717

Category: American literature

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New Boston Review

And it has more “ sense " in the humble , time - bound meaning that Benjamin
gives the word than Pushkin himself . ... Why then bother to recall the brimstone
atmosphere of the great Nabokov - Wilson blowup ? ... Even such mildly irritating
" signal words " as " pal , " " mollitude , " " ancientry " ( a favorite with Henry James
) , “ dit ... Lilac was in bloom , and I felt perhaps that falling in love wasn't entirely
out of the question once I withdrew and requested Mrs. English to do likewise .

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ISBN: STANFORD:36105011686313

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The New York Times Magazine

14 Egyptian 40 Agt.'s cut 65 Hamlet's cry ocean goddess 110 2 Liberace 41 A
word to 111 112 of disgust 114 115 116 3 ... The Mauve “ Bartholomew
conditionally 19 Hill , to an Arab - the loose from the 25 Dr. Seuss book 47 Singer
Janis Oobleck ... for short Shakespearean Cities " 55 Rodomontade opponent 90
Nabokov novel 116 B'way sign in 1967 110 Charo's ... D. Small , shadlike fish of
North Amer41 20 51 159 157 89 137 100 125 ica Q. Former U.S. President , a
favorite of 163 ...

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ISBN: STANFORD:36105006743947

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Pale Fire

Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov ... a fold or furrow to displace The fragile vista ,
the frame house between Goldsworth and Wordsmith on its square of green . 50 I
had a favorite young shagbark there With ample dark jade leaves and a black ,
spare , Vermiculated trunk . ... White butterflies turn lavender as they Pass
through its shade where gently seems to sway The phantom of my little
daughter's swing .

Author: Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov

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ISBN: UVA:X000003760

Category: Experimental fiction

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Nabokov offers a cornucopia of deceptive pleasures in a 999-line poem by the reclusive genius John Shade.

Novels 1955 1962

Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov Brian Boyd ... caused a fold or furrow to displace
The fragile vista , the frame house between Goldsworth and Wordsmith on its
square of green . So I had a favorite young shagbark there With ample dark jade
leaves and a black , spare , Vermiculated trunk . ... White butterflies turn lavender
as they Pass through its shade where gently seems to sway The phantom of my
little ...

Author: Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov

Publisher: Library of America Vladimir Na

ISBN: UCSC:32106018921053

Category: Fiction

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Lolita - Pnin - Pale Fire - Lolita: A Screen Play.

AB Bookman s Weekly

... thumb - the comic characters in the book must have word balloons in the
panels . ... Songs From Night Before Lilac Hedge Bookshop P . O . Box 712 ,
Norwich , VT 05055 . ... Sal Si Puedes Nabokov . ... 85 Childhood Favorites ( a
Big Golden Book of Poetry ) Caldwell , T . Dear and Glorious Physician Felton , H
. Legends ...

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ISBN: UOM:39015030451200

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Saturday Review

By Vladimir Nabokov . ... Reveals the fascinating derivations of more than 3,000
words in common use , with unusual stories you can use to spark any
conversation . ... Trees , build . ings and flowers fade into a wonderful mauve and
orange background , the warm colors enlivened by cool ... A favorite Picasso
theme , vigorously conceived in squares , cubes and circles , in segmented
sections of red , gray ...

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ISBN: UCSC:32106005844920

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The Oxford English Dictionary

Author: J. A. Simpson

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ISBN: UOM:49015002911205

Category: English language

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Provides definitions of approximately 290,500 English words, arranged alphabetically in twenty volumes, with cross-references, etymologies, and pronunciation keys, and includes a bibliography.

The Reporter

A favorite Picasso theme , vigorously conceived in squares , cubes and circles ,
in segmented sections of red , gray ... Two valuable reference works in
onedefines hundreds of commonly misused words , their nuances of meaning ,
their ... Trees , buildigs and flowers fade into a wonderful mauve and ange
background , the warm colors enlivened by rol greens and jade blues . ... By
Vladimir Nabokov .

Author: Max Ascoli

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ISBN: IND:30000080742319

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The Reporter

A favorite Picasso , theme , vigorously conceived in squares , cubes and circles ,
in segmented sections of red , gray , black ... Two valuable reference works in
onedefines hundreds of commonly misused words , their nuances of meaning ,
their ... Vladimir Nabokov . ... Trees , builds and flowers fade into a wonderful
mauve and nge background , the warm colors enlivened by o greens and jade
blues .

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ISBN: UOM:39015035590663

Category: World politics

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