The handwritten ms of 1843's A Christmas Carol appears in high-resolution, digital format. Sadly, the initial enthusiasm engendered by their descriptive paragraph was greatly diminished by how devilishly hard it is to navigate and view any sizeable chunk at a time. They write:
The original manuscript of A Christmas Carol reveals Dickens's method of composition, allowing us to see the author at work. The pace of writing and revision, apparently contiguous, is urgent, rapid, and boldly confident. Deleted text is struck out with a cursive and continuous looping movement of the pen and replaced with more active verbs—to achieve greater vividness or immediacy of effect— and fewer words for concision. This heavily revised sixty-six-page draft—the only manuscript of the story—was sent to the printer in order for the book to be published on 19 December, just in time for the Christmas market.