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The Longest Novels Ever (by word count)

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People got used to consider novels for their aesthetic value. However, it's interesting to see which are the longest novels of all time.

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À la recherche du temps perdu, Marcel Proust Report Abuse
1,500,000 refreshing words: the longest novel according to Guinness World Records.
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Ulysses by James Joyce Report Abuse
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War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy Report Abuse
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The Story of the Vivian Girls, Henry Darger Report Abuse
9,000,000 words of never published, outsider art.
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Sironia, Texas, Madison Cooper Report Abuse
1,100,000 words.
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Poor Fellow My Country, Xavier Herbert Report Abuse
850,000 words.
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Remembrance Rock, Carl Sandburg Report Abuse
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Tokugawa Ieyasu, Sohachi Yamaoka Report Abuse
10 million Japanese characters in 40 volumes.
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Infinite Jest, David Foster Wallace Report Abuse
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A Suitable Boy, Vikram Seth Report Abuse
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Malazan Book of the Fallen Report Abuse
10 books: 3,325,000 words
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The Subspace Emissary's Worlds Conquest Report Abuse
4,024,038 Words. A Super Smash Bros. Brawl fanfiction.
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Marienbad My Love, Mark Leach Report Abuse
17 million words eBook of experimental literature. Since it was not published on paper and its literary genre is rather ambiguous, its supremacy in this list is questionable.
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Les Hommes de bonne volonté, Jules Romains Report Abuse
Approximately 2,070,000 words. Since this is a cycle of novels, not one novel, its position in the list is quite disputable.
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Mission Earth, L. Ron Hubbard Report Abuse
Over 1,000,000 words.
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Clarissa, Samuel Richardson Report Abuse
Over 1,000,000 words.
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Les Misérables, Victor Hugo Report Abuse
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Gai-Jin, James Clavell Report Abuse
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Gordana, Marija Jurić Zagorka Report Abuse
Probably the longest Croatian novel.
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The Man Without Qualities, Robert Musil Report Abuse
Musil never finished this book. Just imagine it finished.
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Zettels Traum, Arno Schmidt Report Abuse
1,000,000 words.
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Miss MacIntosh, My Darling, Marguerite Young Report Abuse
Approximately 700,000 words.
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Le Vicomte de Bragelonne, ou Dix ans plus tard, Alexandre Dumas, père Report Abuse
Word count in French: 626,000.
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