Crazy Literary Fact of the Day: The Longest Sentence Ever Published (in English)

Jeevan Sivasubramaniam Posted by Jeevan Sivasubramaniam, Managing Director, Editorial, Berrett-Koehler Publishers Inc.



Crazy Literary Fact of the Day: The Longest Sentence Ever Published (in English)

The longest sentence ever published in the English language  was, up until recently, to be found in James Joyce's Ulysses. In the "Molly's Monologue" section of the work, you can find the sentence which runs 4,391 words long. However, Jonathan Coe's The Rotter's Club currently holds the record with a single sentence that is 13,955 words long.

And yes, that sentence in Coe's book is grammatically correct, loosely speaking.