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Penguin Will Publish Roald Dahl’s Books in Original Form After Censorship Backlash

Penguin Will Publish Roald Dahl’s Books in Original Form After Censorship Backlash

“Readers will be free to choose which version of Dahl’s stories they prefer.”

Penguin Random House will publish 17 Roald Dahl’s in their original form after it received backlash after making changes “for modern sensibilities.”

It’s not that Puffin is updating the stories with a modern culture like cell phones, the internet, streaming, etc. No one is fat. They’re enormous. Boys and girls? Simply known as children. Descriptions are also gender-neutral. Matilda reads Jane Austen instead of Rudyard Kipling.

Penguin will publish the unredacted The Roald Dahl Classic Collection. The changed versions are under Puffin, a subsidiary of Penguin.

“Readers will be free to choose which version of Dahl’s stories they prefer,” Penguin wrote in the press release.

Here is the statement from Francesca Dow, the managing director at Penguin Random House Children’s:

“At Puffin 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.

“As a children’s publisher, our role is to share the magic of stories with children with the greatest thought and care. Roald Dahl’s fantastic books are often the first stories young children will read independently, and taking care for the imaginations and fast-developing minds of young readers is both a privilege and a responsibility.

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

“Roald Dahl once said: ‘If my books can help children become readers, then I feel I have accomplished something important.’ At Puffin, we’ll keep pursuing that ambition for as long as we make books.”

It took the criticism to make Penguin realize “the importance of keeping Dahl’s classic texts in print?” Give me a break.

Queen Consort Camilla told authors on Thursday, “Please remain true to your calling, unimpeded by those who may wish to curb freedom of your expression limits on your imagination. Enough said.”


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Perhaps this is an opportunity to revisit copyright law. Copyright protections have been extended to an insane length of time because of the influence on our laws from companies like Disney. Roll these laws back to a more reasonable time frame, and grandfather in those under current copyright protection.

Readers are being offered a choice? No! Readers read what Dahl wrote, nothing more.
If we can have choices, let’s offer an alternative to Ibram Kendi’s crap.

How about regal consort? Queen smacks of gender.

The Gentle Grizzly | February 24, 2023 at 11:25 am

Now, let’s get Warner Bros to bring back the pre-Bowdler Bugs Bunny, and have Disney release a Region One disc for Song of the South.

When you are a Penguin of Very Little Brain, and you Think of Things, you find sometimes that a Thing which seemed very Thingish inside you is quite different when it gets out into the open and has other people looking at it.

The management team of Penguin Books needs an enema.

This is a partial win, at best. The corrupted versions will be marketed as if they were Dahl’s work.

Antifundamentalist | February 24, 2023 at 12:18 pm

I have long avoided Penguin Published books, choosing other publishers whenever possible for classic stories. I always hated the wording their editors chose when I would revisit childhood favorites. When I read “Heidi” to my daughter, I put the book on hold because I hated how they downgraded the language in their translation. It’s no wonder kids graduating from school can’t read or write properly. They are never required to do so thanks to publishers like Penguin/Puffin.

    BierceAmbrose in reply to Antifundamentalist. | February 24, 2023 at 9:25 pm

    I am disheartened, as the “Penguin Classics” imprint has long been a source of — er, classics for me. Unabridged, unexpurgated, often the authors’ preferred texts, offered with scholarly introductions.

    Several publishers have similar “Just the Words” paperback lines.

We were fed fertilizer by “the experts” regarding the transmission of the AIDS virus and the COVID 19 virus; there appears to be absolutely no question of how these Bowdlerized stories are infecting our children.
Does anyone have a “jab” to reduce the spread of this disease?

“Descriptions are also gender-neutral. Matilda reads Jane Austen instead of Rudyard Kipling.”

Gender neutrality. Until changing someone’s identity is necessary to make something politically correct.

The Gentle Grizzly | February 24, 2023 at 3:26 pm

Let’s REALLY cause some heads to explode: bring back the mystery Ten Little Indians under the original title.

I shudder to think of Tarzan’s fate at the hands of these literary butchers.

Still, Penguin is going to make a mint off this. I predict a great surge in orders.

    The Gentle Grizzly in reply to georgfelis. | February 24, 2023 at 5:35 pm

    One of the League for Decency groups complained that there was no record of Tarzan and Jane ever having been married, yet they had Boy, a son. I forget how that was resolved. But, this goes back decades.

      Cheetah married them. It’s just that when LoD authorities went to verify his log, they failed to realize they were looking for a literal log.

      BierceAmbrose in reply to The Gentle Grizzly. | February 24, 2023 at 9:22 pm

      It’s fraud.

      Call it expurgated, redacted, bowdlerized, expurgated, sanitized, abridged if you must. Better, call it adapted from, inspired by, continuation of, in the world of…

      Otherwise, it’s the author’s variation of Iowahawk’s maxim:

      “Find a trusted institution.”
      “Kill it.”
      “Gut it.”
      “Wear its carcass as a skin suit, while demanding respect.”

      If the CPSB wasn’t so busy banning / not banning gas stoves, maybe they’d have some time to look into consumer fraud.

Opus must be so disappointed.

Next they’ll be releasing a redacted Billy and the Boingers album. All 30 seconds of it.