Famous Epic Novels by the Numbers

atkins-bookshelf-booksThe creative folks at Daily Infographic toil endlessly to provide clever, visual interpretations of fascinating trivia or information. Fearlessly, they plundered a local library to determine how famous novels stack up — literally. The novella, they note, are works of fiction that generally have a word count between 20,000 and 50,000; a novel has between 50,000 and 110,000 words; an epic novel exceeds 110,000 words. Due to their bulk, epics are the item of choice when one has to raise their desktop computer screen. Here are famous novellas, novels, and epic novels by the numbers.

Ulysses by James Joyce: 265,222 (number of words)
Bleak House by Charles Dickens: 360,947
Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell: 418,053
Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace: 483,994
Les Miserable by Victor Hugo: 530,982
War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy: 561,304

Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien (4 books): 576,456
The Hobbit: 95,356
The Fellowship of the Ring: 187,790
The Two Towers: 156,198
The Return of the King: 137,115

I Am Legend by Richard Matheson: 25,204
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck: 29,160
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens: 28,944
Animal Farm by George Orwell: 29,966

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