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message 1: by Emily (new)

Emily (emmers82) | 3 comments For some reason I'm really curious about this. There is a lot of information about what books are longest in pages, but not much information on the "record" for an author working on a single book. I guess it's not a clear cut question either, since some novels are published as serials and therefor take years and years to be complete. Thoughts?


message 2: by Shannon (new)

Shannon (sianin) Hmm, I coulsn't tell you waht book took the longest to write but a book that I read adn really enjoyed was anticipated for a long time:

No Great Mischief A Novel It took 13 years to write and the craftmanship is terrific.

This is one of the websites that mentions how long it took to write. http://www.nwpassages.com/bios/macleo...


message 3: by Katie (new)

Katie Flora Wilkins (Kflora) Emily wrote: "For some reason I'm really curious about this. There is a lot of information about what books are longest in pages, but not much information on the "record" for an author working on a single book. ..."

And Ladies of the Club took Helen Hooven Santmyer over 50 years to write.


message 4: by [deleted user] (new)

Shannon wrote: "No Great Mischief A Novel It took 13 years to write and the craftmanship is terrific."

Wow! I would really like to read this one. I am sure that it is well written.


message 5: by Christina (new)

Christina Wow, this And Ladies of the Club sounds good - I've put it on my list of books to remember...


message 6: by Basha1971 (new)

Basha1971 (Basha1974) | 15 comments Pillars of the Earth took about 10 years but there are some on this post that took a lot longer, I see.


message 7: by Apokripos (new)

Apokripos (apokalypse) Wow, this topic's cool. I guess authors are just bad recorder of their books since when did they actually started doing a novel. I guess their mind is mostly filled if their book is going to be published and, of course refining the book. At least every anticipation deserves it...


message 8: by Joshua (new)

Joshua | 2 comments Actually, The Cantos by Ezra Pound took about 52 years to write, and it was still unfinished!!! (1917-1969)


message 9: by Joshua (new)

Joshua | 2 comments And shortest book ever written, for those interested, was the Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, which took only two weeks to write in full manuscript form!


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