It's time for another Tuesday Turnip wherein I type a random phrase and we see what kind of interesting factoids "turn-up."
- Henry Darger: The Story of the Vivian Girls. Illustrated fantasy novel manuscript typed single-spaced with 15,145 pages in 10 volumes. Discovered after Darger's death, the manuscript has never been published. The total number of words has been estimated; some believe this might be the longest novel ever written.  The most conservative guess will put this in the million-word realm, possibly into tens of millions.
- The longest roman fleuve ever written is Jules Romains's Les Hommes de bonne volontÃ© (Men of Good Will), produced in 27 volumes, each with a separate title, and published from 1932-46. If taken as a single piece of fiction, it would be a strong contender for the longest novel ever written.
- Popular fiction series about a single protagonist, with multiple authors, can dwarf such records: Perry Rhodan, a German series of novels about the eponymous space hero, can claim over 150 million words in over 2300 parts.
- The longest book ever written - Yongle Dadian- During the Ming Dynasty at least 3,000 scholars spent 4 years, beginning in 1403, to work on the Yongle Dadian, an encyclopedia with 11,095 volumes and 22,877 chapters. There are an estimated 370 million Chinese characters used.
Some other, well-known books that made Wiki's list:
- Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged 565,223 words. 1274 pages.
- Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace Original text has some 460,000 Russian and French words. English translation contains over 560,000 words and over 3.1 million characters; typically over 1400 pages as a paperback.
- Carl Sandburg, Remembrance Rock 532,030 words.
- Victor Hugo, Les MisÃ©rables Nearly 513,000 French words.
And as a side note, something tangentially interesting that turned up in this week's search: Mark Twain was the first writer ever to submit a typewritten manuscript to a publisher. The name of the book: Tom Sawyer.