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Infinite Jest Bleak House Les Miser Harry Potter A Game of Thrones The Famous Literature WORDS by NUMBERS Potter Endi The world of literature consists of a vast range of works, from tiny haikus to epic poems, from brief novellas to long-running series. But which writer's work has the most words? Which pocts masterpicce is the most concisc? Which playwright's production lasts the longest? Here we present the numbers behind the greatest works of litcraturc throughout history, from Shakespeare and Milton to J.K Rowling and George R. R. Martin. Chapter One o00000000c ఇం 0000000000000 EPIC NOVELS These are works of fiction longer than 110,000 words, although many of the most popular epics surpass this word limit by a great deal. A Suitable Boy Ulysses James Joyce Vikram Seth 593,674 265,222 Bleak House Charles Dickens War and Peace Leo Tolstoy 360,947 561,304 Gone With the Wind Everything I know, I know because of love. Margaret Mitchell 418,053 LEO TOLSTOY. WAR AND PEACE Infinite Jest David Foster Wallace My dear, I don't give a damn. Les Miserables Victor Hugo MARGARET MITCHELL 530,982 483,994 GONE WITH THE WIND Chapter Two FAMOUS SERIES Fictional series have grown in popularity over recent years and now dominate lists of most-read novels around the world. Some of these are classed as epic novels, due to their immense word count, whereas those between 50,000 and 110,000 are classed as novels. A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE GEORGE R.R.MARTIN oo0000 A Game of Thrones A mind needs books as a sword needs 298,000 a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge. GEROGE R.R.MARTIN • A GAME OF THRONES A Clash of Kings х 326,000 A Feast for Crows 300,000 A Storm of Swords A Dance with Dragons 424,000 422,000 HARRY POTTER J.K.ROWLING Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix 76,944 257,045 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban 198,227 107,253 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince 85,141 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire 168,923 190,637 It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends. J.K.ROWLING • HARRY POTTER AND THE PHILOSOPHER'S STONE Seven books • 4,095 pages • 585 page average • Shortest: 309 pages • Longest: 870 pages LORD OF THE RINGS J.R.R.TOLKIEN The Fellowship of the Ring 187,790 The Two Towers The Hobbit 95,356 156,198 х All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us. The Return of the King 137,115 J.R.R.TOLKIEN · FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING 1728 pages or 576,459 words with The Hobbit (more with the addition of appendices and supplementary books). Chapter Three NOVELLAS The novella is a short novel of between 20,000 and 50,000 words, and was the form of choice for many popular works throughout the 19th and 20th centuries. John Steinbeck Of Mice and Men George Orwell Animal Farm Richard Matheson 29,160 Charles Dickens I Am Legend A Christmas Carol 29,966 25,204 28,944 All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others. GEORGE ORWELL · ANIMAL FARM Chapter Four MINUTE LIBRARY oo0000 These stories can all be read in less than five minutes. Ernest Hemingway A CLEAN, WELL- LIGHTED PLACE Donald Barthelme THE SCHOOL Kate Chopin THE STORY OF AN HOUR Margaret Atwood HAPPY ENDINGS Ray Bradbury Anton Chekhov THE LOOKING GLASS THE LAST NIGHT OF THE WORLD Chapter Five EPIC POEMS An epic poem is a long narrative poem that often follows the story of a great hero or mythological world. Paradise Lost 80,055 John Milton The Rime of the 3,933 Water, water, everywhere, nor any drop to drink. Ancient Mariner Samuel Taylor Coleridge Chapter Six HAIKU POETRY A haiku is a poem of three lines, where the first line has five syllables, the second has seven syllables, and the third has five syllables. Haikus are a traditional part of Japanese culrure and often represent the juxtaposition of two images. Toward those short trees An old silent pond... We saw a hawk descending A frog jumps into the pond, On a day in Spring splash! Silence again. oo0000000o000000 SHIKI BASHO Chapter Seven AUTHOR FOCUS ERNEST HEMINGWAY Hemingway was an American writer who completed most of his work during the early to mid-20th century and won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1954. LONGEST SHORTEST For Whom the Bell Tolls The Old Man and the Sea SIX WORD STORY For sale: baby shoes, never worn. 174,106 26,601 0000000000000 For what are we born if not to aid one another? ERNEST HEMINGWAY FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE William Shakespeare was an English playwright and poet, and is often referred to as history's greatest playwright. It is thought that he wrote 37 plays and 154 sonnets, although this cannot be confirmed due to the lack of official documentation used during the 16th and 17th centuries. oo0000 LONGEST SHORTEST To be, or not to be: that is the question Hamlet Macbeth SHAKESPEARE · HAMLET 30,066 17,084 What's done cannot be undone SHAKESPEARE · MACBETH The plays contain 34,895 total speeches spoken by 1,223 characters. There are 835,997 total words in Shakespeare's 37 plays. There are 28,829 unique word forms, and 12,493 occur only once. WORDS AND PHRASES FIRST USED BY SHAKESPEARE: "A sorry sight" "Addiction" "Belongings" "Lie low" "As dead as a doornail" "Swagger" "Fair play" "There's method in my madness" "Wear your heart on your sleeve" "Good riddance" "Manager" "In stitches" "Be all and end all" "Love is blind" "More fool you" JANE AUSTEN Jane Austen was an 18th century English novelist who became widely recognised as one of the leading influences on 19th century realism. Despite this, all of her novels were originally published anonymously. LONGEST SHORTEST Emma Northanger Abbey First writer to use the phrase dinner party 162,853 77,977 MANSFIELD PARK CHAPTER 41 00000oo0o00o0 You must be the best judge of your own happiness JANE AUSTEN · EMMA SENSE AND PRIDE AND MANSFIELD SENSIBILITY PREJUDICE PARK PERSUASION 123,623 122,685 160,802 84,109 There are 14 kisses featured in Jane Austen's novels: - Four are between women Four are men kissing women's hands Two are women kissing children Three involve lip contact berween men and women One is a man kissing a severed lock of hair Chapter Eight LITERARY SHOCKERS The Neverending Story not only ends but is only an estimated 96,000 words! It is also written by Michael Ende! William Faulkner's The Sound and the Fury includes a 600 word section that has no punctuation! DISCLAIMER Figures may vary from edition to edition and depending on whether the word count takes into account the forward, contents and any notes. 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Words by Numbers

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Taking a look at the figures behind great works of fiction; from the word counts of epic novels, through the sagas of Harry Potter, Game of Thrones, Lord of the Rings told in numbers, Hemingway, Shake...


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