Read a Lost Chapter of Dahl's Willy Wonka Book

'Guardian' publishes unused early draft about the famous chocolate factory

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Posted Aug 30, 2014 12:30 PM CDT
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(Newser) – An unused chapter of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory has been released, 50 years after Roald Dahl's much-loved children's novel was first published. (The book may be better known by the title of its movie version, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.) The best part: You can read the chapter in full here via the Guardian. The chapter, from a 1961 draft, describes an extra room in the factory called the "Vanilla Fudge Room," which features a "colossal jagged mountain" made of fudge. The draft also featured more children (like Timmy Troutbeck and Miranda Grope), and showed that Charlie originally went into the factory with his mother, not his grandfather.

Here's a taste:

  • "In the centre of the room there was an actual mountain, a colossal jagged mountain as high as a five-storey building, and the whole thing was made of pale-brown, creamy, vanilla fudge. All the way up the sides of the mountain, hundreds of men were working away with picks and drills, hacking great hunks of fudge out of the mountainside. … As the huge hunks of fudge were pried loose, they went tumbling and bouncing down the mountain and when they reached the bottom they were picked up by cranes with grab-buckets, and the cranes dumped the fudge into open wagons."
The chapter was published in the Guardian today with the permission of the Roald Dahl Nominee Ltd., an organization that manages his legacy.

This photo originally released by NBC shows Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka.
This photo originally released by NBC shows Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka.   (AP Photo/NBC, file)
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