Lost Chapter of 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' Published for 50th Anniversary
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the publishing of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, a lost chapter of Roald Dahl’s bestselling children’s book has been released.
The chapter – published in The Guardian alongside pictures by Quentin Blake – was considered too subversive when the book first came out in the US in 1964, and was discovered among Dahl’s papers after he died in 1990.
Entitled ‘Charlie Bucket’, the fifth chapter from a 1961 draft of the book sees Charlie’s mother – rather than his energetic grandfather – accompany the boy into new factory locations including the Vanilla Fudge Room, featuring a “colossal jagged mountain” of fudge. Characters Tommy Troutbeck and Wilbur Rice – who never made it into the final book – become victims after they ignore Willy Wonka’s warnings and jump on railway wagons taking fudge to The Pounding and Cutting Room.
The lost draft also reveals the original names of the characters, with Augustus Pottle – the chubby first golden ticket winner and first to meet a sticky end in the factory - later becoming Augustus Gloop.
Since its publication in 1964 (1967 in the U.K.), two film adaptations of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory have been made. 1971’s Gene Wilder-starring musical Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, director by Mel Stuart, was considered a box-office disappointment at the time but went on to become a cult classic, despite being disowned by Dahl himself. Tim Burton’s 2005 film with Johnny Depp playing the mysterious chocolate king grossed over $470 million.
Last month a new release of the book came under fire for cover deemed overtly sexualized.