Hitherto unpublished drafts of chapters of Roald Dahl’s children’s classic Charlie and The Chocolate Factory reveal the process Dahl went through to hone his original ideas into the final shape in which they were eventually published. Characters were edited out and new characters added to achieve the effects he sought. I wonder what Trollope would have made of this process? I suspect that he was constantly moving forward with his narrative and rarely went back to make significant amendments. The exception to this, of which I am aware, is The Duke’s Children, which he pruned significantly at the publishing editor’s insistence in order that it should fit within the required three volume format.
We can look forward to seeing the full length version when it is published next year to mark the bicentenary of Trollope’s birth. The extended version is the subject of The Trollope Society’s Annual Lecture on 30th October 2014, which will be given by Professor Steven Armanick of Kingsborough Community College, City University of New York.