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?
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.
February 13, 2020 6:35PM
February 08, 2020 7:11AM
And if it ever says WIKI USER then automatically know the answer is 100% wrong and it's a 5 yr old getting a Guinness Record for being the Youngest Kid with the most LIES on the internet.