Today's video is a bit of a rave about Used and Rare by Lawrence and Nancy Goldstone so I thought it only appropriate for Trivia Tuesday to share a fact I learned from it.
Most of us are pretty familiar with Dicken's A Christmas Carol, whether through the actual text or one of the many adaptations.
I already knew that the book was hugely successful upon publication and that Dickens's toured around performing readings from the piece.
What I didn't previously know is that it was written out of desperation at a time when Dickens's success was waning.
Dickens's knew great popularity and renown early on in his career but just before the publication of A Christmas Carol he was showing signs of losing the headway he had gained, so in an attempt to get his audience back on side he wrote the manuscript for A Christmas Carol.
He only had six weeks in order to get it to his publisher, which accounts for the brevity of the book in comparison to his other works.
His gamble paid dividends. It was, and remains, a huge success.