Friday, September 12, 2014

Lost Chapters from Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

With the 50th anniversary of Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,  there's a new release from Penguin UK that contains several previously unreleased chapters that were edited out of the early draft of the original book. Vanity Fair has obtained an exclusive unpublished chapter in Dahl's own hand entitled "The Warming-Candy Room."

From Vanity Fair:
In “The Warming Candy Room,” three boys neglect to heed Mr. Wonka’s warnings and eat too many of his soft-centered “warming candies,” and end up “bursting with heat.” The boys do not appear elsewhere in the book, betraying a key characteristic of Dahl’s writing process. “One of the things that was quite interesting about Dahl was that he didn’t really look backward over his work,” Sturrock explains. “It’s not as if this was just the one missing chapter; there are many bits and pieces of the book that fell along the wayside. Once he decided that something wasn’t working, he just moved on.”

Read more about the chapter Here.

Also don't miss "The Vanilla Fudge Room," another left-out chapter from an early draft, that the Guardian published last month. New illustrations by Quentin Blake.

There's also a redesigned cover of Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, that Penguin UK is bringing out for the 50th anniversary of the book.  Personally it's not my cup of tea or bar of chocolate! What do you think?

3 comments:

Molly MacRae said...

The creep factor is through the roof for the new cover. I'll pass.

Molly MacRae said...

The creep factor is through the roof for the new cover. I'll pass.

Janet Rudolph said...

Totally. The cover is awful, especially given that there are wonderful illustrations that were more suiting..