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|Author||Madeleine de Scudéry and/or Georges de Scudéry|
Artamène ou le Grand Cyrus (English: Artamène, or Cyrus the Great) is a French novel sequence, originally published in ten volumes in the 17th century. The title pages credit the work to Georges de Scudéry, but it is usually attributed to his sister Madeleine. At 1,954,300 words, it is considered the longest novel ever published.
"Scudery’s major classical references and source-material comes from Herodotus’ stories and Xenophon’s Cyropaedia. Other sources include Plutarch, Justin, Polyaenus, Pliny, Ovid, Strabon, and the Bible." But it is a roman a clef about contemporary personages.
- Word count of the online edition, using
curl http://www.artamene.org/documents/cyrus%5B1-10%5D.txt | wc -w
- Arabella’a Romances
- John Conley (2016). "Madeleine de Scudéry". Standford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Retrieved 29 February 2016.
- Artamène.org: the entire novel available online
- "Artamenes, or, The Grand Cyrus". Early English Books Online, Text Creation Partnership, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. contemporary English translation
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