The Press: 3,000,000 Words

There are 880,000 words in the Bible; 940,000 in the complete works of William Shakespeare. Add these together and season with the Arabian Nights of Scheherazade; the mixture will fail to fill a pot as big as that which would contain the Revelations of a Wife, 3,000,000-word novel, longest in the world.

Revelations of a Wife began in 1915. For a short time it ran in newspapers four days a week; then readers clamored for a six-day diet. Without interruption it continued, through war and normalcy, to tell of the problems of Dicky Graham,...

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