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    Dickens's longest novel

    Due to sheer boredom and random curiosity I've been wondering for a while what Dickens's longest novel is. Personally I guessed it was Bleak House, but it's hard to tell, because the difference in page-size and letter front/size between different editions of Dickens's books make comparison very difficult.

    So, does anyone have any idea?

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    I always assumed it was Copperfield, but I could be wrong.
    The book itself is a curious artifact, not showy in its technology but complex and extremely efficient: a really neat little device, compact, often very pleasant to look at and handle, that can last decades, even centuries. It doesn't have to be plugged in, activated, or performed by a machine; all it needs is light, a human eye, and a human mind. It is not one of a kind, and it is not ephemeral. It lasts. It is reliable.
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    I believe it is "Our Mutual Friend"

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    These are the number of pages for randomhouse Dickens books (these books are comparable because they all use the same font and page size--introductions are in roman numerals so the pages are the pages of actual novel).

    Little Dorrit 912
    Bleak House 928
    David Copperfield 896
    Our Mutual Friend 880
    Oliver Twist 480
    The Pickwick Papers 800
    Great Expectations 496
    Dombey and Son 912
    "bruised reed" Isaiah 42:3

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    Based on Word Length:

    David Copperfield more than 358,000 words
    Bleak House more than 356,000 words
    Dombey and Son over 352,000 words

    From Computers and the Humanities
    by Eric Johnson, Professor of English and Dean of the College of Liberal Arts at Dakota State University. He has published more than one hundred articles and volumes about computers, literature, and writing.

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    Unyet Martin Chuzzlewit seems to go on forever.
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