Mo's word for Manic Monday is CAROL
A CHRISTMAS CAROL by Charles Dickens
Dickens began writing his "little carol" in October, 1843 finishing it by the end of November in time to be published for Christmas with illustrations by John Leech. Feuding with his publishers, Dickens financed the publishing of the book himself, ordering lavish binding, gilt edging, and hand-colored illustrations and then setting the price at 5 shillings so that everyone could afford it. This combination resulted in disappointingly low profits despite high sales. In the first few days of its release the book sold six thousand copies and its popularity continued to grow. The first and best of his Christmas Books, A Christmas Carol has become a Christmas tradition and easily Dickens' best known book.
The 1843 edition (title page and verso illustration):
Dickens' account with his printers for the first year of A Christmas Carol
A Christmas Carol : In prose. Being a ghost story of Christmas .
London : Chapman & Hall, 1843.
The first edition of the greatest of all Christmas books.
The manuscript of A Christmas Carol is held in the Morgan Library in New York City. What's remarkable about Carol is that Dickens appears to have made no working notes, no plans, no earlier drafts - certainly none survive.
It is a 68-page manuscript kept inside a glass case and the Morgan Library exhibits a different page of Carol every year at Christmas time. The manuscript was acquired by the Library's patron, the omnivorous collector JP Morgan, in 1890s and was passed on to the American nation after his death in 1913, along with the rest of his collection.
A Christmas Carol is on exhibit at the Morgan Library November 20, 2007 - January 6, 2008