Roald Dahl classic texts to be kept in print after outrage over changes to books

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Publisher Puffin has announced the merchandise of the "Roald Dahl Classic Collection" "to support the author's classical substance successful print" - pursuing disapproval of his books being re-written.

The 17 titles volition beryllium disposable aboriginal this twelvemonth and volition see archive worldly applicable to each of the stories by the much-loved but arguable children's author.

The classical postulation volition beryllium alongside the newly-released Dahl books for young readers, which person been rewritten to "cater for the sensitivities of modern audiences".

Puffin sparked outrage aft announcing Dahl's books would beryllium edited to region oregon rewrite connection deemed offensive.

Content including references to weight, intelligence health, violence, sex and contention person been amended - successful a determination branded "absurd censorship" by writer Sir Salman Rushdie.

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak condemned the editing of Dahl's books, quoting the Big Friendly Giant's informing not to "gobblefunk" with words.

The Queen Consort appeared to springiness her sentiment connected the substance arsenic she urged authors to beryllium "true to their calling", days aft the enactment implicit the author's books.

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Camilla made her first nationalist quality since recovering from COVID-19 connected Thursday, erstwhile she re-launched her publication task The Reading Room, changing it to a foundation present named The Queen's Reading Room.

She told guests including children's writer Dame Jacqueline Wilson and Booker prize victor Ben Okri: "Thank you, connected behalf of book-lovers and publication clubs everywhere, for sharing your talents with america and for everything you bash to beforehand literacy and a emotion of literature.

"Please support doing truthful and delight stay existent to your calling, unimpeded by those who whitethorn privation to curb the state of your look oregon enforce limits connected your imagination."

Closeup of a bookshelf of colourful Roald Dahl publication  covers and spines

'Deeply moved by the spot of feeling'

The Roald Dahl Story Company, which controls the rights to the books, said it had worked with Puffin to reappraisal and revise the texts.

"The past fewer days person demonstrated conscionable however important Roald Dahl's stories are to fans each astir the satellite and we've been profoundly moved by the spot of feeling.

"The astir important happening to america is that the stories proceed to beryllium enjoyed by all."

The program to people 2 editions of the publication volition "give readers - whether 7 oregon 77 - the prime to research the stories successful whichever mode they wish", the institution added.

Edits to Roald Dahl's classics

Hundreds of edits person reportedly been made to the latest editions of Roald Dahl's classics.

A study successful the Daily Telegraph compared the latest editions with earlier versions of the texts.

It recovered connection concerning weight, intelligence health, violence, sex and contention had been either chopped oregon rewritten.

The Cloud-Men successful James and the Giant Peach are present the Cloud-People, portion references to Rudyard Kipling and Joseph Conrad successful Matilda had been changed to Jane Austen and John Steinbeck.

In The Witches, a notation to women "working arsenic a cashier successful a supermarket oregon typing letters for a businessman" has been changed to "working arsenic a apical idiosyncratic oregon moving a business".

In James and the Giant Peach, Miss Sponge is nary longer described arsenic "the abdominous one", Miss Spider's caput is nary longer "black" and the Earthworm nary longer has "lovely pink" tegument but "lovely creaseless skin".

In The Twits, Mrs Twit is nary longer described arsenic disfigured and beastly but conscionable beastly.

'We've listened to the debate'

Managing manager of Penguin Random House Children's, Francesca Dow, said: "We've listened to the statement implicit the past week which has reaffirmed the bonzer powerfulness of Roald Dahl's books and the precise existent questions astir however stories from different epoch tin beryllium kept applicable for each caller generation.

"As a children's publisher, our relation is to stock the magic of stories with children with the top thought and care.

"Roald Dahl's fantastic books are often the archetypal stories young children volition work independently, and taking attraction for the imaginations and fast-developing minds of young readers is some a privilege and a responsibility.

"We besides recognise the value of keeping Dahl's classical texts successful print."


Image: Dahl seen with his wife, histrion Patricia Neal and their children Tessa, Theo and Ophelia successful 1965 Pic: AP

"By making some Puffin and Penguin versions available, we are offering readers the prime to determine however they acquisition Roald Dahl's magical, marvellous stories," Ms Dow added.

"Roald Dahl erstwhile said: 'If my books tin assistance children go readers, past I consciousness I person accomplished thing important'.

"At Puffin, we'll support pursuing that ambition for arsenic agelong arsenic we marque books."

More than 300 cardinal copies of Dahl's books person been sold with aggregate signifier and surface adaptations based connected titles including Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, The Witches, Fantastic Mr Fox and The Twits.

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