I know that Charles Dickens changed the ending to Great Expectations after prompting. Did he do so with any of his other books?

Of course, he may have changed the endings of all his books a hundred times before publishing. However, I'm looking for alternate endings that have also been published.


My research, which is extremely controversial, indicates that Dickens didn't write "A Christmas Carol." Rather, he hurriedly revised an existing manuscript to get it ready for publication in time for the 1843 Christmas season, and to avoid impending debt. The original was written by American authors Mathew Franklin Whittier, and his wife, Abby Poyen Whittier. To answer your question specifically, my research suggests that the next-to-last paragraph of that book was originally the conclusion; and that Dickens revised it by adding the last paragraph. If you look at the next-to-last paragraph closely, the viewpoint expressed in it is not consistent with a famous, successful author; however, it is a precise match for Mathew, a humorist, and Abby, who had been persecuted by the townspeople as a witch. It suggests that the narrator is accustomed to being laughed at and misunderstood, and laughs it off. The paragraph that Dickens added at the end, would be inconsistent with Mathew and Abby, who believed in Spiritualism--it would, however, be consistent with Dickens, who thought of the entire novel as a "ghost story," and who was a skeptic in such matters. Only Dickens would have narrated that Scrooge had no further contact with spirits, as though he was abstaining from alcohol.

I note that the instructions below say to avoid "making statements based on opinion." I do have a great deal of evidence for my conclusions, but I hardly have room to give them, here. I've substantiated my answer with as much logical evidence as it seemed fit to provide in this format.

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    If you have any more evidence for your theory, we encourage you to post them here, within the character limits of one answer (I believe it's 10k characters). I suggest you focus on objective evidence: e.g. an analysis of "A Christmas Carol" as it relates to Dickens' work and Whittier's work, and how the two authors' styles and the use of metaphysics in their works compare. If you feel the answer is too short to give your arguments justice, you can post your full research elsewhere (maybe there's a paper?) and reference it, as long as you provide sufficient summary of it here. – Gallifreyan Nov 15 '20 at 14:00
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    You say, "I do have a great deal of evidence for my conclusions": If you have evidence for the claim that Dickens did not write "A Christmas Carol", please provide that evidence. As it currently stands, your answer is an unsubstantiated accusation of literary theft. – Tsundoku Nov 15 '20 at 14:18
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    It's not clear exactly what research you're referring to. Was this published somewhere (e.g. in a dissertation, book, or academic journal)? Can you include some kind of citation or sources so that we can at least get more information on this? – EJoshuaS - Reinstate Monica Nov 24 '20 at 15:57

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