An unpublished chapter of Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, which was thought to be too ‘wild and subversive’ has now been released fifty years after the novel was first published in the US. The book was released in the UK in 1967 and has since gone on to sell an astonishing 50 million copies.
The unseen chapter five, entitled Charlie Bucket, was found amongst Dahl’s papers after his death in 1990. The chapter originates from an early draft written in 1961 and refers to another room in the factory, the “Vanilla Fudge Room”. It apparently contains a “colossal jagged mountain” made entirely out of fudge.
The chapter has now been published in the UK’s Guardian newspaper and is accompanied by new illustrations from Sir Quentin Blake.