No Surprise – Study Analyzes 5 Million Books And Finds Pattern Of “Literary Misery”

Pat Barker, Martin Amis, Graham Swift

“Literary misery was highest in the 1940s, they found, with the 1980s narrowly in second place, and the 1920s in third. Their research, published yesterday in PLOS ONE, found that an increase in frequency of miserable language in these decades correlated to the economic misery of the respective previous decades.”