Mauve

  • Auteur: Simon Garfield
  • ISBN: 0571265464
  • Date de sortie: 2013-04-04
  • Collection: Faber & Faber
  • Total Download: 4691
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Mauve is the beguiling story of a man who invented a colour, and in the process transformed the world around him. Before 1856, artificial colour was derived with difficulty and at enormous expense from animals, minerals or plants. But in 1856 a chemist called William Perkin found a way of making colour from coal. Perkin found mauve by chance, at the age of 18, working on a treatment for malaria. Instead of artificial quinine he produced a dark oily sludge that, much to his surprise, turned silk a beautiful light purple. The colour was unique. It not only stormed the fashion houses of Paris and London, it earned Perkin a fortune and generated huge industries in the new science of applied chemistry. Perkin's astonishing discovery, engagingly told in Mauve, had fundamental effects on the development of explosives, perfume, photography and modern medicine - effects that colour everything we see today.

Nabokov s Favorite Word Is Mauve

  • Auteur: Ben Blatt
  • ISBN: 150110540X
  • Date de sortie: 2017-03-14
  • Collection: Simon and Schuster
  • Total Download: 7067
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What are our favorite authors’ favorite words? Which bestselling writer uses the most clichés? How can we judge a book by its cover? Data meets literature in this playful and informative look at our favorite authors and their masterpieces. “A literary detective story: fast-paced, thought-provoking, and intriguing.” —Brian Christian, coauthor of Algorithms to Live By 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 “fitfully.” 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 compared to other celebrated authors? What’s more, do great books in general—the classics and the bestsellers—share this trait? 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.

Maverick in mauve

  • Auteur: Florence Adele Sloane
  • ISBN:
  • Date de sortie: 1983
  • Collection: Doubleday Books
  • Total Download: 3271
  • Total Read: 3924

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Mauve and murder

  • Auteur: Barbara Burnett Smith
  • ISBN: 9780373265763
  • Date de sortie: 2006-01-01
  • Collection:
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Mauve

  • Auteur: Simon Garfield
  • ISBN:
  • Date de sortie: 2000
  • Collection: ICON Group International
  • Total Download: 2062
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MAUVE is the story of a man who accidentally invented a color, and in the process transformed the world around him. Before 1856, the color in our lives--the reds, blues, and blacks of clothing, paint, print--came from insects or mollusks, roots or leaves, and dyeing was painstaking and expensive. But in 1856 eighteeen-year-old English chemist William Perkin accidentally discovered a way to mass-produce color in a factory. Working on a treament for malaria in his London home laboratory, Perkin found mauve by chance. His experiments failed to result in artificial quinine as he had hoped, but produced instead a dark oily sludge that happened to turn silk a beautiful light purple.

Mauve Desert

  • Auteur: Nicole Brossard
  • ISBN: 9781552451724
  • Date de sortie: 2006
  • Collection: Coach House Books
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Fifteen-year-old Mélanie drives across the Arizona desert in a white Meteor, chasing fear and desire and the mysterious Angela Parkins, and breaking free from her mother and her mother's lover in their roadside Mauve Motel. And then we are with Maude Laures as she reads Mauve Desert, this story of Melanie, and becomes obsessed with it. She embarks on an extraordinary quest for its mysterious author, characters and meaning, which leads us into the third part, Mauve, the Horizon, Laures's eventual translation of Mauve Desert.

MAUVE FLUSH

  • Auteur: 'Rock Rampant'
  • ISBN: 1291957278
  • Date de sortie:
  • Collection: Lulu.com
  • Total Download: 3355
  • Total Read: 8577

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