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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.

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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
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    Unyet Martin Chuzzlewit seems to go on forever.
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