Roald Dahl’s Charlie And The Chocolate Factory’s Hero Was Supposed To Be Black

Posted on Sep 15 2017 - 9:07am by Angela Burgin Logan

willie-wonka-and-the-chocolate-factoryIt’s no secret that one of my favorite authors is Roald Dahl. From The BFG to Charlie And The Chocolate Factory I have generally been a fan of his work. And not just a fan, but as a parent who knows the impact that these types of books can have on inspiring children and the world. There is new news coming out of the Roald Dahl estimate that is simply astounding. Roald Dahl originally intended the young hero of the 1964 book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory to be black but unfortunately was dissuaded by his agent, according to both the author’s widow and his official biographer.

“His first Charlie that he wrote about was a little black boy,” Liccy Dahl said in a BBC Radio interview on the 101st anniversary of Dahl’s birth. Dahl’s widow also said the character was inspired by American sensibilities. She felt that it was a “great pity” her husband agreed to the change.

“It was his agent who thought it was a bad idea, when the book was first published, to have a black hero,” said Donald Sturrock, Dahl’s biographer. “She said, ‘People would ask why.’”

It was a pleasure to hear that Liccy Dahl also said that seeing Charlie and the Chocolate Factory as her husband envisioned it would be “wonderful,” and she’s not the only one who thinks so.

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About Angela Burgin Logan

Angela Burgin Logan is a “Mompert” who is the founder of the parent focused go-to destination Ladies Live and Learn.com. Angela is the author of "Breathe When Life Takes Your Breath Away" from Broadstreet Publishers and Executive Producer of the Netflix film "Breathe". She is the President of Marketing and Media Company Nia Enterprises/Live and Learn Media. Angela B. Logan is a leading social media influencer who lives, learns and passes it on. You can find Angela on Twitter & Instagram @AngelaBLogan.
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