Other unpublished early drafts
On the heels of Harper Lee’s “Go Set a Watchman,” here are a few other newly discovered early drafts of classics:
“The Sound of Silence”: Captain von Trapp is an embittered atheist who forbids his seven children from leaving the house. When a new governess arrives, he fires her, then sends the lot to boarding school in Connecticut.
“Adjunct Anne”: After a not-so-idyllic childhood at Green Gables, a failed academic must face up to the realities of the “worth” of her hard-won teaching credentials and the fact that they are recognized only in Canada. She traces all of her problems back to a mix-up in the orphanage and hires a lawyer to sue the Cuthberts, the “family” that raised her.
“The Poisoned Waters of Wonkaville”: A nonfiction account of the hundreds of deaths and bizarrely colored cancerous growths documented by health officials decades after a chocolate factory folded in
England. The book concludes with the trial on indecent-exposure charges of William “Look at My Willy” Wonka.
“More Rabbit Pie Recipes”: The McGregors, Scotland’s leading rabbit exterminators and furriers, share their simple-to-follow tips and techniques for putting those garden pests to their best use once and for all.
“Black Beauty and the Glue Game”: An obscure London glue chemist rises to prominence after discovering a method for using the cartilage of the most sensitive horses to form a base for his product.
“Les Heureuses”: Bob Javert, a police inspector in France, takes early retirement and marries a pregnant young factory worker. But he finds himself completely obsessed with Jean Valjean, a hunk he had met years earlier. One day, he thinks he sees him, and it sparks his single-minded pursuit. Together, they open a popular patisserie.