Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Post 1021 - Christmas Carol Manuscript

Sorry I didn't write yesterday. I was not feeling well at all. Ate too many carbs at lunch, I guess.

And, thanks to a bit of prodding, you'll see that I have simplified the Bevboy's Blog logo. You can read about me by clicking on the profile button. The counter isn't there any more. And who cares if I was registered with I'll likely change the mint green layout to a blue. But I haven't decided that one just yet.

I was reading the New York Times during my lunch hour. I found a fascinating article about "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens. I haven't read the book. That type of Elizabethian writing is hard for me to get into, but I recognize that Dickens was a genius and so on.

Every year at Christmas, the present owners of the one and only Christmas Carol manuscript allow one page to be on display. This year, all 66 hand-written pages can be examined.

Back in the day, that's how people wrote: by hand. Typewriters weren't invented until around 1900. So, professional writers wrote by hand, and submitted it to an editor and a publisher, who took the hen scratching and eventually made a book out of it. Because of computers and writers editing on a computer screen, many books never make it to paper form nowadays until they go to the printers. That's either good or bad. It's good in the sense that trees are being saved. It's bad in that the creative process, rewriting, changing things around, is not nearly as apparent as it was for the years leading up to the invention of computers.

You can see where Dickens added things, took things out, and so on. Fascinating stuff, and like I said, you'll see much less of it as we go forward.

Here's an article about the unveiling. And here's a link showing all 66 pages.

I hope you like it.


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