The words that give away a writer’s gender, in classic works of literature

March 20, 2017 | Courtesy of qz.com

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Are books getting dumber? Does good writing really use fewer -ly adverbs? Is there really such a thing as “how women write”?

In a new book, data journalist Ben Blatt uses statistics to analyze literature, testing large sets of classic literature, modern bestsellers, and contemporary literary fiction for common questions and assumptions. Nabokov’s Favorite Word Is Mauve came out March 14 from Simon & Schuster.

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