Tidbit #14 - What's in a Name?

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Tidbit #14 - What's in a Name?

Unread postby Liz » Tue Feb 15, 2005 10:19 am

From a dated article in The Writer, but interesting nonetheless:

The Writer, Oct 2003 v116 i10 p10(1)

James and the Giant Cherry?

James and the Giant Cherry? It could have happened! The family of the late Roald Dahl has begun to catalog the notebooks, drafts and other papers that Dahl left in the garden shed where he wrote his stories. Among those drafts is a version of James and the Giant Peach in which the fruit is actually a cherry, pushed along a stream by a water boatman.

In an early version of Matilda, the title character is an unruly prankster who ultimately dies, while Charlie and the Chocolate Factory began as Charlie's Chocolate Boy, with a young protagonist who ended up covered head to foot with chocolate. Dahl's papers also include "idea books," where he jotted notes for possible use in later books, as well as correspondence and an account of his daughter's death from encephalitis.

Dahl's family plans to include the papers in the Roald Dahl Archive, the centerpiece of a soon-to-open museum dedicated to the author in his hometown of Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire, England.


I imagine that it’s all been catalogued by now. DITHOT may have more light to shed on that tomorrow.


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Unread postby DeppInTheHeartOfTexas » Tue Feb 15, 2005 2:42 pm

liz wrote: I imagine that it’s all been catalogued by now. DITHOT may have more light to shed on that tomorrow.


Why, yes I will! ;-)
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Re: Tidbit #14 - What's in a Name?

Unread postby fansmom » Tue Feb 15, 2005 3:08 pm

Liz wrote:...with a young protagonist who ended up covered head to foot with chocolate.


That's the way I want to go. :blush:

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Re: Tidbit #14 - What's in a Name?

Unread postby axelsgirl » Tue Feb 15, 2005 3:46 pm

fansmom wrote:
Liz wrote:...with a young protagonist who ended up covered head to foot with chocolate.


That's the way I want to go. :blush:


Me too! :lol: :goodvibes: :rotflmao:
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