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What the Publishers Paid Dickens.

Dickens, at his death, left £80,000, a considerable slice of which came from books. ' The stipulated payment for his first great success, - " The Pickwick Papers " was £14 for each monthly part. This sum was afterwards increased to £15; and as the popularity of the work became assured, the publisher presented him-a intervals with several cheques, amounting in the aggregate to £3000, ' ( : For ' "Nicholas Nickleby" Messrs. Chapman, and Hall gave him £3000, and from the same, firm he received a, similar amount for ''Barna'by Rudge." -Of the profits on the sal& of. The Christmas Carol," his half share, contrary to his 'expectations, amounted to £726, for he had looked forward to a clear £1009For the sale'of Dombey and Son" lie realised,. during the first, half-year of its publication, £2820. ■ • ' ' • For "Edwin Drood" he was paid £7500 for 2500 copies ; the publishers and author agreeing to share equally in the profits of all 'sales beyond that number. The number of copies sold while Dickens was yet alive, reached 50,000. , The sum paid for early sheets of this' work sent to i \m-i-~; -' '

; i'ji ■" Alivi'tin Chuzzlewit" it was arranged that he should receive £200 for each of the 20 monthly parts (in all £4000) and on the completion of the- work \a 'fourth of the value of the existing stock and half of the future interest. For ji a short story, not longer than half of one of the nuiribers of the last-mentioned work, the editor of the " New York Ledger " sent him £1000. i . Ib is curious to contrast this liberal treatment with ■ that which he received, when unknown to fame, from the editors of the "9 ld Monthly Magazine." For those of his " sketches" by Boz," which he contributed to that periodical, he got nothing beyond the mere pleasure of seeing them in print. The conductors of the "Evening Chronicle," on the staff of which he was i^ngaged as Parliamentary reporter, and 'feo which the " Sketches " were afterwards ■■ :f ■••■ \ '■ 'laved somewhat better, j ■ ■ ." '. of his extra services they raised his salary from £5 to £7 per week. 'The '" Sketches " were subsequently col-f]-Qcted^ndsoldto Macrone, the publisher, ior£-100..

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What the Publishers Paid Dickens., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2427, 12 May 1890

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What the Publishers Paid Dickens. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2427, 12 May 1890

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