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Asked by Harley Cassin
Charles Dickens

Was Charles Dickens really paid by the word?

I've heard this, and it makes sense considering how long his books are, but is it true?

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Pansy Bednar
February 07, 2020 5:35PM

Although this theory would explain why his novels tend to be rather...dense, it’s not true.

Dickens published most of his novels serially, meaning one section would be printed and sold each month, and he was paid for each one of these installments. For his first full-length novel, The Pickwick Papers, that meant 19 monthly installments at 32 pages each (except the last, which was a special “double issue”), and Dickens got paid each time he turned in 32 pages of text.

So, even though he wasn’t paid for each word, what is true is that he had a monetary incentive to make his novels longer, and honestly, I don’t blame him.

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dmcgowan72
February 13, 2020 6:26PM
No
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Gabe Kowcheck
February 15, 2020 4:29PM
no
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Haley Tennant
February 13, 2020 6:35PM
Dickens was not paid by the word. Rather, he was paid by installment. Dickens published his novels in serial form. That is to say, the novels appeared serially, or over a period of many weeks or months
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Demarion Morrison Jordan
February 12, 2020 2:42AM
NO
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Angel Panduro
February 11, 2020 7:19PM
NO
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PrincessReena
February 09, 2020 12:07PM

Uncool, mate. Un. Cool.

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Alex Gordon
February 08, 2020 7:11AM

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Alex Gordon
February 08, 2020 7:08AM

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