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Roald Dahl CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY Revised Edition 1973

Roald Dahl CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY Revised Edition 1973

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Revised US edition, first print hardback of CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY by Roald Dahl. Jacket design and original illustrations by Joseph Schindelman and published by Alfred A. Knopf Inc., New York in 1973. Stated as "Revised Edition 1973" on copyright page. With pygmy drawings on pages 72 and 74 which were excised in later editions and a 4 line colophon below the author's biography on the last page.

The book is in good condition (Clean quarter brown cloth bound on cream colored boards, blind stamped title on front and publisher's blind stamp at the back with gilt lettering on spine which has minor rubbing to the edges) with some wear to the dust jacket which is not price clipped (slight creasing to the edges, slight chipping with small closed tears to the spine edges and corners, one inch closed tear to the top edge at the back, two fingernail tears to the spine and very slight foxing inside the jacket and at the back. There is some rubbing/yellowing to the front and rear boards). Internally, the pages are clean and tight and there are no tears and no inscriptions. With lime green endpapers. Very slightly cocked spine.

Roald Dahl (1916-1990) was born in Llandaff, South Wales, and went to Repton School in England. His parents were Norwegian, so holidays were spent in Norway. When World War II began in 1939 he became a fighter pilot and in 1942 was made assistant air attaché in Washington, where he started to write short stories. Roald Dahl’s first novel for children was The Gremlins, which was published in 1943 and adapted from a script written for Disney. Dahl went on to write several film scripts, including the James Bond adventure You Only Live Twice and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. He disliked many of the film adaptions of his own work which appeared in his lifetime. His first major success as a writer for children was in 1964. From the publication of James and the Giant Peach and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in the 1960s to his death in 1990, Roald Dahl became the most successful children’s author in the world. Nearly twenty years later, a fresh generation of children seek out his work with instinctive fanaticism. His creations endure - through Hollywood movies, theatre adaptations and musical works, but still most potently of all through the pure magic of his writing upon the page.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was first published in the United States by Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. in 1964 and in the United Kingdom by George Allen & Unwin in 1967. The book was adapted into two major films as musical: Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory in 1971; directed by Mel Stuart, produced by David L. Wolper and starring Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in 2005; directed by Tim Burton; this version starred Johnny Depp as Willy Wonka. The book has been adapted frequently for the stage, most often as plays or musicals for children, and a radio production for BBC Radio 4 in the early 1980s. The book's sequel, Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator, was written by Roald Dahl in 1972. Dahl had also planned to write a third book in the series but never finished it.

The story was originally inspired by Roald Dahl's experience of chocolate companies during his schooldays. Cadbury and Rowntree's were England's two largest chocolate makers and they each often tried to steal trade secrets by sending spies, posing as employees, into the other's factory. Because of this, both companies became highly protective of their chocolate making processes. It was a combination of this secrecy and the elaborate, often gigantic, machines in the factory that inspired Dahl to write the story.

Roald Dahl Changed black pygmy Oompa–Loompas to white fantasy Oompa–Loompas. Roald Dahl suffered many attacks on his books by conservative literary critics, but one of the worst and most damaging skirmishes arose over the "Oompa–Loompas" in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. "In the version first published, (the Oompa–Loompas were) a tribe of 3,000 amiable black pygmies who have been imported by Mr. Willy Wonka from 'the very deepest and darkest part of the African jungle where no white man had been before.' Mr. Wonka keeps them in the factory, where they have replaced the sacked white workers. Dahl's publishers decided that "to those growing up in a racially mixed society, the Oompa–Loompas were no longer acceptable as originally written. The following year, to accompany its new sequel, Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator, a revised edition of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory appeared, in which the Oompa–Loompas had become dwarfish hippies with long 'golden–brown hair' and 'rosy–white' skin. The book won New England Round Table of Children's Librarians Award (USA 1972).

"Five children - and only five - were going to be allowed into Mr. Willy Wonka's chocolate factory. The lucky five would get to see all the mysterious machinery in the factory where the world's most wonderful candy was made. And those five children were:

Augustus Gloop - a fat pig of a boy who would eat anything he could get his hands and teeth on,

Veruca Salt - a spoiled little rich girl who screamed until she was brought her heart's latest delight,

Violet Beauregarde - the world's champion gum chewer who was destined for a sticky end,

Mike Teavee - a smart aleck who was addicted to television, AND

Charlie Bucket - Our Hero, who was honest, obedient, loyal, trustworthy, brave, good, kind, and starving.

What happens when these five children meet the famous Mr. Willy Wonka? What happens when they pass through the big factory doors? What happens when they come upon the unknown factory workers who throw very tiny shadows on the windows and talk in rhyme? What happens when, one by one, the children disobey Mr. Wonka's orders? That, dear reader, is the substance of this uproarious morality tale by the world-renowned storyteller, Roald Dahl."

161 Pages. Illustrated with black & white drawings.

ISBN: 0 394 81011 2

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