We owe it to each other to tell stories - Neil Gaiman

Wednesday, 15 December 2010

Roald Dahl's unfinished, unpublished work

By Melissa Bell


Last month, it was Picasso in a French trunk. This month, it's Roald Dahl in a California garage. It's sort of like Clue only instead of murder, it's never-before-seen art.

Jerry Biederman was cleaning out his parents' garage when he came across an unfinished manuscript by Roald Dahl, the famous British author of the macabre short story and the fanciful children's books.

Dahl wrote the two-page story 28 years ago as part of a Finish-It-Yourself book, where authors would kick-start a story and children could make up the rest themselves. However, publishing stalled and the book never came out. Dahl's contribution, which garnered the author $200, told the story of two children and their creepy neighbor Mr. Croaker.

Beiderman intends to move forward with the book project but has first decided to put Dahl's manuscript up for sale on eBay. The signed story is currently going for $1,900.


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