The title of the longest book ever written is a hotly contested one. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the longest book ever written is Marcel Proust’s Remembrance of Things Past, which weighs in at a whopping 9,609,000 characters (including spaces). This mammoth work of literature was published in seven volumes between 1913 and 1927 and is considered one of the most influential works of the 20th century.
However, some commentators argue that the longest book ever written is Henry Darger’s In the Realms of the Unreal. This 15,000 page, handwritten tome has yet to see print, but it is considered one of the most remarkable works of art of the 20th century. The book is an epic fantasy novel that tells the story of a group of children who fight against an evil empire.
The debate over which book is the longest to ever exist is likely to continue for some time. Both Remembrance of Things Past and In the Realms of the Unreal are remarkable works of literature that have had a lasting impact on the world of literature. It is impossible to say which book is truly the longest, but both works are certainly worth reading.