When Charles Dickens started to write his famous novella, "A Christmas Carol," he was in a hurry. It was October, of 1843, and he wanted to complete the work so it could be published before Christmas.
Dickens wrote in longhand. In addition to its extraordinary impact, almost immediately, the manuscript is noteworthy for another major reason. It is the first and final draft of the story.
The author gave the work to his lawyer, Thomas Mitton. He had it bound in red morocco. Today, the original manuscript is owned by the Morgan Library in New York.
This image depicts the first page of the manuscript. Click on it for a much-better view.
Image, described above, online courtesy Morgan Library.
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