What is the Longest Book Title in the World?

atkins-bookshelf-booksAccording to the Guinness Book of World Records, the book with the longest title in the world contains 5,820 characters (1,022 words). The book, about Daniel Radcliffe who played Harry Potter in the popular movie series, was written by S. Subramonian, the former principal of Dr. R.V. Arts and Science College in Karamadai, India. The title begins with “Daniel Radcliffe the story of the not so ordinary boy chosen from thousands of hopefuls” and after about 1,000 words ends with “whom let many more laurels be blessed with to his ever royal crown of fame.

The paperback book, published in November 2007, contains 123 pages. It features an 8-page pull-out section with stereoscopic color photos from the Harry Potter movies. The 3D images can be viewed with anaglyph glasses that are included with the book. 

In an interview, Subramonian explained that it was his daughter, who loved reading the Harry Potter books, that inspired his book: “Harry Potter is one book that has evoked reading interest among the people. The character of Harry Potter portrayed by Daniel Radcliffe has had a great influence on the youth. Hence I have written a book on him. His virtues of charity, humility and the urge to excel in life in the face of challenges will help children and youth look up to him as a role model.”

On Amazon, the book is simply listed as: Daniel Radcliffe… (1,022 words). Upon close reading, it is clear that the title, a dreadfully long run-on sentence, was not carefully proofread (eg., use of favourite and favorite, random underscore characters between words, inconsistent date formats, punctuation outside the quote marks, etc.). Bookshelf presents the entire title of the book with the longest title in the world, complete with its original errors:

Daniel Radcliffe the story of the not so ordinary boy chosen from thousands of hopefuls to play the role of Harry Potter who faced the world’s media for the first time and admitted to being a “tiny bit” like the young wizard he will portray and the first Harry Potter film, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and who also starred in the four subsequent Harry Potter film adaptations: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and has signed on for the sixth and seventh films; Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and was delighted to get the magical part despite only reading two of J.K. Rowling’s books and was the envy of his classmates who he said were obsessed with the series adding that the prospect of being famous was “cool” and he took on the role of the young David in the BBC’s David Copperfield and in 2002 and he began to make the transition from child to adult actor, appearing in the television series Extras as a parody of himself, as well as filming the independent Australian drama December Boys the film which was filmed in six weeks was released in North America by Warner Brothers and Dan worked with a language coach for six months to perfect an Australian accent, during the summer of 2007, he filmed the ITV drama My Boy Jack, and he plays Jack Kipling, a World War I-era soldier and the son of author Rudyard Kipling and when interviewed by the press about this he said that for many people my age, the First World War is just a topic in a history book, but I’ve always been fascinated by the subject and think it’s as relevant today as it ever was and at the age of sixteen, Radcliffe became the youngest non-royal ever to have an individual portrait in Britain’s National Portrait Gallery on 13 April 2006, his portrait drawn by Stuart Pearson Wright was unveiled as part of a new exhibition opening at London’s Royal National Theatre then moved to the National Portrait Gallery where it resides today and when he turns 18 on the 23rd July 2007, he will become eligible to access his $50 million fortune making him the richest teenager in Britain, despite his fame and fortune, he recently revealed he can’t get a girlfriend because he still gets tongue-tied when he fancies someone and was often mistaken for Elijah Wood by Australians when filming December Boys and he is a fan of indie rock and his favourite bands include: The Zutons, The Libertines, ‘Bloc Party’ Hope of the States and his favorite seafood is fish and is a fan of the Red Hot Chili Peppers and his favorite actors include Aishwarya Rai, Cameron Diaz, Scarlett Johansson, and Ben Stiller and he will be in the movie December Boy which is about orphans competing to be adopted, it is said that Daniel can rotate his arm at a 360 degree angle and he admits he believes in ghosts and one of Daniel’s favorite hobbies is photography and his favorite word is “Voldemort,” and he can almost always be found wearing his favorite and most cherished gadget, his iPod and do not like it when girls cry when they meet him and he hates Math and French and his favorite colors are blue and yellow and his favorite animal is a wolf and his favorite fast food restaurant is McDonald’s and his favorite books are Holes by Louis Sachar and the Harry Potter series and he believes in magic 100% and in February, 2005, Dan put up his very special Hogwarts Crew T-Shirt which he autographed to help raise money for the Tsunami victims and his t-shirt was part of the Tsunami Celebrity Clothes auction and he contributed his autograph along with 26 other Harry Potter cast _members to an American Edition of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and the book which was raffled off in August 2005, benefited Kamp Kiwanis a facility for disabled, underprivileged children and he_ purchased the handwritten history of the family of Sirius Black, his character’s Godfather, at a charity auction which benefited Book Aid International and J. K. Rowling donated the piece to the sale by Book Aid International, which provides books for schools in Africa and on 10 November 2005, during Dan’s Today Show appearance, he autographed the “Green Room Book” which was auctioned off to raise funds which benefit the Lupus Foundation of America and the book was auctioned on eBay and on another occasion Dan among other cast members autographed a copy of the fourth book, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, which was auctioned off at eBay and the proceeds went to the National Literacy Trust in the United Kingdom benefiting the children’s literacy initiative “Reading is Fundamental”, UK (RIF) and the book was sold for £2,100 and Dan was among more than 100 celebrities to contribute an autograph to the Luke Neuhedel Foundation which helps children fight cancer and Dan’s contribution included an autographed copy of “Loving Luke,” the self-published book of the Luke Neuhedel Foundation about Luke Neuhedel, the inspiration for LNF, who died from cancer after a brave three-year battle and Dan’s contribution raised a total of $1,200 and Dan personally designed a piece of children’s furniture for Habitats’ Kid’s VIP product line which is a CU-BED called “Magic Chair”, with all proceeds from sales going to Demelza House Children’s Hospice and Dan autographed a rare Goblet of Fire_ prop which was auctioned in London at Christie’s Auction House and the prop, which was a Quidditch_ World Cup Program was expected to raise approximately £3,000 to £5,000 and proceeds from the sale going to the City of Joy Aid Charity and this is the true story of a jubilant young motivator for the young and old alike to whom let many more laurels be blessed with to his ever royal crown of fame.

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For further reading: http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-tamilnadu/on-the-way-to-guinness-with-the-longest-book-title/article1947539.ece

Special thanks to Dawn Heslin, of Sleepygirl’s Books in Kansas, for providing a photograph of the Subramonian’s rare book.

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