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List of 50,000 Word Novels

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Here is a partial list of well-known novels that contain roughly 50,000 words, which in turn is roughly 175 pages, and are thus comparable to the average size of a NaNoWriMo winner's novel.

  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams (46,333 words)
  • The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks (52,000 words)
  • The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane (50,776 words)
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (50,061 words)
  • The Apostle Paul's Epistles from the Bible (43,293 words. 50,190 if you count Hebrews.)
  • Lost Horizon by James Hilton
  • Shattered by Dean Koontz
  • Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk
  • Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
  • Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
  • The Invisible Man by H. G. Wells
  • Gadsby: A Story of Over 50,000 Words Without Using the Letter "E" by Ernest Vincent Wright
  • As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner (56,695 words)

Interestingly, Brave New World, the novel famed to be the one Chris Baty used to choose the 50,000-word goal in No Plot? No Problem!, is 64,575 words long.

The NaNoWriMo website previously had a topic on their website, which was wiped in the site relaunch. It is still up on the Wayback Machine. A thread on this topic has already been posted in the 2012 forums, referencing this article.