Other un­pub­lished early drafts

The Washington Post Sunday - - OUTLOOK - By De­bra A. Klein Twit­ter: @IWishIHadTyped De­bra A. Klein is a Daily Beast con­trib­u­tor.

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.

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