Longest Novels and Books

A book’s length is normally determined by its size (i.e. page count) and often creates the illusion that the thickest books must inherently be the longest ones. However, a more objective way to know how long a book is would be to use word counts.

We have compiled a longest books list based on word count.

Book Title Author Word Count
In Search of Lost Time Marcel Proust 1,200,000 (Estimated)
Ponniyin Selvan Kalki Krishnamurthy 900,000 (Estimated)
Clarissa, or, the History of a Young Lady Samuel Richardson 984,870
Poor Fellow My Country Xavier Herbert 852,000
Sironia, Texas Madison Cooper 840,000
Romance of the Three Kingdoms Luo Guanzhong 800,000
Miss MacIntosh, My Darling Marguerite Young 750,000 (Estimated)
Women and Men Joseph McElroy 700,000 (Estimated)
A Suitable Boy Vikram Seth 593,674
War and Peace Lev Tolstoy 587,287
Atlas Shrugged Ayn Rand 565,223/645,000
Il mulino del Pol Riccardo Bacchelli 559,830
Remembrance Rock Carl Sandburg 532, 030
Les Miserables Victor Hugo 530,982
Horcynus Orca Stefano D’Arrigo 508,751
Infinite Jest David Foster Wallace 484,001