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Roald Dahl wanted Charlie and the Chocolate Factory hero to be black

Roald Dahl wanted Charlie and the Chocolate Factory hero to be black
From BBC - September 13, 2017

The hero of Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was meant to be black, the author's widow has revealed.

Liccy Dahl told BBC Radio 4's Today programme her husband had written about a "little black boy".

But Dahl's agent thought the idea a bad one and insisted the character be changed - something Dahl's widow said was a "great pity".

She said seeing the 1964 children's book as her husband had intended it would be "wonderful".

The programme's interview with Mrs Dahl and her late husband's biographer, Donald Sturrock, took place on the 101st anniversary of Dahl's birth.

Sturrock told Today that Dahl knew both the British and American sensibilities and had "a foot in both camps" - the reason, his widow said, behind Charlie Bucket's original ethnicity.

"His first Charlie that he wrote about, you know, was a little black boy," she said. "I am sure that was influenced by America."

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