List of White Male Authors with Critically Acclaimed Novels Over 500 Pages

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This is a list of contemporary white male authors of literary fiction who received critical acclaim for their novels of 500 pages or more.

Studies have shown that it's more likely for prestigious awards to select titles about male characters written by male authors.[1] A novel beyond over 110,000 words is considered an epic or saga,[2] and books that exceed 150,000 words tend to be 500 pages or more.[3] While male novelists such as William Gaddis, Thomas Pynchon, John Updike, and David Foster Wallace are regarded as masters of the epic novel.[4]

The books on this list considered critically acclaimed based on winning, their nomination, or appearance on the shortlist or long list for the prestigious literary awards of the Pulitzer, Man Booker Prize, National Book Award, and National Book Critics Circle Award, or their inclusion on The Greatest Books list, an aggregation of "greatest books of all time" lists from various sources.

Page counts are sourced from first editions.


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536 pages
512 pages
678 pages


600 pages
528 pages
639 pages
631 pages


827 pages
544 pages
616 pages


512 pages
509 pages
544 pages


864 pages
512 pages
516 pages
576 pages


592 pages
726 pages
956 pages
576 pages



528 pages
502 pages
736 pages


550 pages
624 pages


768 pages
732 pages
624 pages
861 pages


6 novels


1,056 pages
731 pages
912 pages
843 pages
609 pages
544 pages


592 pages
4,215 pages, seven volumes
760 pages



672 pages
557 pages
734 pages
630 pages


755 pages, two volumes
528 pages
569 pages
604 pages
619 pages
588 pages
506 pages
515 pages


544 pages
711 pages


512 pages
640 pages


832 pages


1,079 pages
823 pages
690 pages
576 pages


550 pages



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  5. "Finding Augie March". The New Yorker. 
  6. "Addressing injustice with the pen: Reflections on Rumours of Rain by André Brink". roughghosts. 
  7. William Sutcliffe. "Book of a lifetime: Earthly Powers, By Anthony Burgess". The Independent. 
  8. Nicholas Spice. "Phattbookia Stupenda". London Review of Books. 
  9. Sam Jordison. "Guardian book club: Oscar and Lucinda by Peter Carey". The Guardian. 
  10. Amy Benfer. ""The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay" by Michael Chabon". Salon. 
  11. "Guard of Honor". Kirkus Reviews. 
  12. Ted Gioia. "The Recognitions: William Gaddis's 'Novel About Forgery'". Fractious Fiction. 
  13. Peter Preston. "Review: Carter Beats the Devil". The Guardian. 
  14. Gregory Cowles. "Big League Anxiety on the Baseball Diamond". The New York Times. 
  15. Liesl Schillinger. "His Peers’ Views Are in the Details'". The New York Times. 
  16. Orville Prescott. "Books of the Times: Letting Go By Philip Roth". The New York Times. 
  17. Robert McCrum. "The 100 best novels: No 6 – The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman by Laurence Sterne (1759)". The Guardian. 
  18. John Sutherland. "John Sutherland reviews ‘The Bonfire of the Vanities’ by Tom Wolfe · LRB 18 February 1988". London Review of Books. 
  19. Donna Bowman. "The Story Of Edgar Sawtelle David Wroblewski". 
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