In celebrating its' 50th year, Roald Dahl’s estate has released a never-before-read chapter of his bestselling children’s book, previously titled Charlie and the Chocolate Boy.
Since its' publication, it has been a bestseller; a children’s classic that has been loved by many generations and lead to multiple adaptations for musicals and films.
According to BBC, the newly-released draft chapter was published in Saturday’s edition of “The Guardian”.
Lucy Mangan, author of Inside Charlie’s Chocolate Factory, told BBC that out of the 5 drafts he wrote, 4 have survived.
"With each draft, it evolves into something more purely joyful, more extreme, more fully realised," Mangan told BBC.
The 1964 classic featured four other children (apart from Charlie), Augustus Gloop, Veruca Salt, Violet Beauregarde and Mike Teavee. The excluded draft paper had much more.
According to the draft chapter, there were as many as 10 golden tickets and there were other characters like Tommy Troutbeck and Wilbur Rice who were punished severely for being naughty on the Vanilla Fudge Mountain.
There were also other children named Miranda Grope and Augustus Pottle mentioned in the draft and that Grandpa Joe hadn’t taken him to the factory but his mother.
The 1964 children’s classic is one of Roald Dahl’s best pieces that eventually spiralled into a sequel, Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator.