Roald Dahl

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Roald Dahl

(13 September 1916 – 23 November 1990) Born in Wales to Norwegian parents, Dahl served in the Royal Air Force during World War II, in which he became a flying ace and intelligence officer, rising to the rank of Acting wing commander. After his discharge from service, he moved to the US where he rose to prominence in the 1940s with works for both children and adults and became one of the world's best-selling authors. He has been referred to as "one of the greatest storytellers for children of the 20th century". Dahl's short stories are known for their unexpected endings and his children's books for their unsentimental, often very dark humour.


1916 - Born in Wales1939 - Joined Royal Air Force1942 - Moved to Washington, D.C.1942 - Published 1st piece1953 - Married actress, Patricia Neil1954 - Published "The Way Up to Heaven1990 - Died in Oxford

A British novelist, short story writer, poet, fighter pilot, and screenwriter.His works include James and the Giant Peach, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, The Witches, Fantastic Mr Fox, The Twits, George's Marvellous Medicine and The BFG.Among his awards for contribution to literature, he received the World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement in 1983, and Children's Author of the Year from the British Book Awards in 1990.In 2008 The Times placed Dahl 16th on its list of "The 50 greatest British writers since 1945".

Dahl's Philosophy

“Children are ... highly critical. And they lose interest so quickly. You have to keep things ticking along. And if you think a child is getting bored, you must think up something that jolts it back. Something that tickles. You have to know what children like.”—Roald Dahl






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