Roald Dahl books to keep original words in new classics collection

Puffin UK to release Roald Dahl books without any changes, following criticism.

The publishers decision to remove potentially offensive language used in the classic children’s books was globally slammed.

The 17 books will be available later this year and will include archive material relevant to each of the stories by the much-loved children’s author.

The classic collection will sit alongside the newly-released Roald Dahl books for young readers, which have been rewritten to cater for the sensitivities of modern audiences.

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Some of the changes including removing the word “fat” from every book, with Charlie and the Chocolate Factory character Augustus Gloop being described as “enormous”.

Puffin said: ”we have proudly published Roald Dahl’s stories for more than forty years in partnership with the Roald Dahl Story Company. Their mischievous spirit and his unique storytelling genius have delighted the imaginations of readers across many generations.

“We’ve listened to the debate over the past week which has reaffirmed the extraordinary power of Roald Dahl’s books and the very real questions around how stories from another era can be kept relevant for each new generation.

“We also recognise the importance of keeping Dahl’s classic texts in print. By making both Puffinand Penguin versions available, we are offering readers the choice to decide how they experience Roald Dahl’s magical, marvellous stories.”

The Roald Dahl Classic Collection will sit alongside the newly released Puffin Roald Dahl books for young readers and readers will be free to choose which version of Dahl’s stories they prefer.

A spokesperson for The Roald Dahl Story Company said: “The last few days have demonstrated just how important Roald Dahl’s stories are to fans all around the world, and we’ve been deeply moved by the strength of feeling.

“The most important thing to us is that the stories continue to be enjoyed by all. Puffin UK’s plan to print two editions of the book will give readers – whether seven or 77 – the choice to explore the stories in whichever way they wish.”

So readers will have the option of the original and the woke version.

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