Roald Dahl Biography

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Roald Dahl Biography

- He was writing a third book about Charlie Bucket when he died.- He was married to film star Patricia Neal for three decades.-He may have invented over 250 new words.-Dahl's characters were often based on people he met in real life.-He wrote for about four hours every day.

Roald Dahl's famous works include: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (1964), Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator (1972), Matilda (1988), The Gremlins (1943), James and the Giant Peach (1961), The BFG (1982), Someone Like You (1953), Kiss Kiss (1960)

Roal Dahl was born on September 13, 1916 in Llandaff, Wales, UK. From a young age Dahl was creative and was not interested in school. He began working as soon as he finished high school and in 1939 he joined the Royal Air Force and became a World War II fighter pilot. After an accident landed him in Washington D.C., a friend encouraged him to start writing and he got his first piece published in the Saturday Evening Post. He continued on and wrote his first children's book, The Gremlins, in 1942. After this book, Dahl continued to write and wrote numerous children's books that are still wildly popular today. After a long life of writing, Roald Dahl was admitted to a hospital in Oxford, England and died on November 23, 1990. Over his lifetime he wrote 19 children's books and 9 short story collections.

Roald Dahl

**1954: Wins Edgar Allen Poe award and Mystery Writers of America award.**1959: Wins second Edgar Allan Poe Award and second Mystery Writers of America Award.**1972: Wins New England Round Table of Children's Librarians Award (for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory).**1973: Wins Surrey School award (for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory).**1975: Wins Surrey School award (for Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator).**1978: Wins Nene award (for Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator) and Surrey School award (for Danny the Champion of the World).**1979: Wins California Young Reader Medal (for Danny the Champion of the World). **1980: Wins third Mystery Writers of America award.**1982: Wins Federation of Children's Book Groups Award (for The BFG) and Massachusetts Children's Award (for James and the Giant Peach).**1983: Wins New York Times Outstanding Books Award, Federation of Children's Book Groups Award, and Whitbread Award (all for The Witches). Also wins World Fantasy Convention Lifetime Achievement Award.**1984: Wins Deutsche Jugendliteraturpreis (for The BFG).**1985: Wins Kurt Maschler award runner–up (for The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me) and Boston Globe/Horn Book nonfiction honor citation (for Boy – Tales of Childhood).**1986: Wins West Australian Award (for The Witches) and International Board on Books for Young People awards for Norwegian and German translations (for The BFG).**1988: Wins Federation of Children's Book Groups Award (for Matilda).**1990: Wins Smarties Award (for Esio Trot).**1997: Wins Good Book Guide "Best Books of the Past 20 Years" (for The BFG).**1998: Matilda voted "Nation's Favorite Children's Book" in BBC Bookworm Poll.**2000: Wins Millennium Children's Book Award and Blue Peter Book Award (for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory). 





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