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Posted at 12:30 PM ET, 02/ 2/2011

That's one heavy book: 10,119 pages, 2 feet thick

By Valerie Strauss

There’s a new book in the University of Iowa Libraries but don’t expect anybody to read it all the way through in a single sitting. It’s a 10,119-page, 2-foot-thick book of poetry.

The book is titled "Poetry City Marathon" and was written by Iowa City poet Dave Morice (of Dr. Alphabet fame), according to the Iowa City Press Citizen. It was the result of a 100-day poetry marathon during which Morice write 100 pages of poetry each day.


The marathon was staged as part of a library exhibit about the Iowa Writers' Workshop, the Actualist Poetry Movement and the celebration of Iowa City being declared in 2008 as a UNESCO City of Literature.

Morice’s work was bound in a single volume by Bill Voss of the University of Iowa Libraries Preservation Department, and it took him 24 hours. Compare that to the few hours it takes to bind a normal 200-page book.

To read the book, preservation department head Nancy Kraft told the Press Citizen, someone would need to support it with bricks and boards.

"We really did the binding so it could take a little abuse, and with a book this size, a little abuse means reading it," she said.

There is another way to read it: You can read it online here.

The book is going to be submitted to the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s thickest published book. The title is now is held by a 4,000-page, 12-inch-thick copy of "Miss Marple" published by Harper Collins, Kraft said.

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By Valerie Strauss  | February 2, 2011; 12:30 PM ET
Categories:  Literature, Reading  | Tags:  biggest book, dave morice, guinness book of world records, iowa writers' workshop, literature, longest book, poetry book, university of iowa  
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A novelty but I don't get it.

Posted by: jbeeler | February 2, 2011 12:52 PM | Report abuse

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