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   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

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February 09, 2020 12:07PM

   Uncool, mate. Un. Cool.
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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.
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February 08, 2020 7:08AM

   this site allows any answer to be posted and it's a waste of time to use Make sure to find a new website for your RELIABLE information!

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