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Cushing Biggs Hassell’s thousand-page History of the Church of God (1886) is notable for a single sentence — on page 580, beginning “The nineteenth is the century …”
It’s six pages long, with 3,153 words, 360 commas, 86 semicolons, and six footnotes. Many regard it as the longest legitimate sentence ever published in a book.
Essentially it’s one long indictment of the 19th century, proving for Hassell that “after all our progress, this is still a very sinful and miserable world.” Why he felt he had to show this in a single sentence is not clear.
The entire book may be summed up in the previous phrase, “after all our progress, this is still a very sinful and miserable world.”
Were he alive today, I rather think that the author would have added, "and in spades."
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History of the Church of God, From the Creation to A. D. 1885: Including ...
Cushing Biggs Hassell
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