Nabokov’s Favourite Word Is Mauve By Ben Blatt.
Available for pre-order now!
Ben Blatt, former staff writer for Slate and The Harvard Lampoon, and co-author of I Don’t Care If We Never Go Back, has a new book coming out that will appeal to those of us who geek out over literary statistics and bookish facts. Ben, a journalist with a penchant for collecting and analysing data, has delved into our favourite authors’ words and found some surprising, and not so surprising, conclusions.
Nabokov’s Favourite Word Is Mauve: What the Numbers Reveal About the Classics, Bestsellers, and Our Own Writing is out on 14th March 2017 in hardback, and 23rd of March on Kindle, and you can pre-order now.
In Blatt’s newest offering we find out how Vladimir Nabokov used the word “mauve” 44 times more often than one would expect. This makes perfect sense once we find out that Nabokov had synesthesia which meant he would see colours when he read or wrote a certain letter or word. This is particularly telling as he tended to use colour within his writing at four times the rate as other authors.
Hardback release: 14th March 2017. Kindle release: 23rd March 2017. Mark your calendar now!
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