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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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Harley Cassin

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โˆ™ 2014-01-23 01:18:17

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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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โˆ™ 2020-02-07 17:35:18
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โˆ™ 2020-02-13 18:35:37

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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โˆ™ 2020-02-08 07:08:29

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โˆ™ 2020-02-09 12:07:33

Uncool, mate. Un. Cool.

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โˆ™ 2020-02-13 18:26:19

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