Average sentence lengths of famous novels and authors.
Below is a short list of some famous novels and authors with their respective writing statistics. Keep in mind that a few of these are translations of foreign-language novels, so the statistics will not be perfect for those. With that said, enjoy!
Les Miserables, by Victor Hugo:
15.56 words per sentence 4.45 letters per word
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain:
18.38 words per sentence 3.77 letters per word
Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen:
20.54 words per sentence 4.40 letters per word
Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, by Arthur Conan Doyle:
15.48 words per sentence 4.14 letters per word
Leaves of Grass, by Walt Whitman:
31.20 words per sentence 4.39 letters per word
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll:
17.71 words per sentence 4.00 letters per word
A Tale of Two Cities, by Charles Dickens:
17.66 words per sentence 4.32 letters per word
Ulysses, by James Joyce:
7.23 words per sentence 4.37 letters per word
Moby Dick, by Herman Melville:
21.32 words per sentence 4.52 letters per word
Dracula, by Bram Stoker:
16.52 words per sentence 3.98 letters per word
If you find this interesting, you might want to calculate your own statistics (or anyone else’s) with Count Wordsworth. It’s the nice little tool that we used to calculate the stats above.
February 18, 2013