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Roald Dahl Biography

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Transcript of Roald Dahl Biography

"Roald Dahl is without question
the most successful children´s writer in the world”

“The Independent” (1990)
ROALD DAHL
CHILDHOOD

BORN:
On September 13th,
1916
In Llandaff, Wales
His father got married twice. He was the only boy of his mother.
4 siblings + 2 stepsiblings
Norwegian
PARENTS
WHO?
“ A rock, a real rock, always on your side whatever you´d done. It gave me the most tremendous feeling of security.”

The character of the grandmother in´"THE WITCHES":
A his tribute to her.
His mother

“I STILL HAVE ONE OF HIS MANY NOTEBOOKS FROM THE GREAT WAR OF 1914-18. EVERY SINGLE DAY DURING THOSE FIVE YEARS HE WOULD WRITE SEVERAL PAGES OF COMMENT AND OBSERVATION ABOUT THE EVENTS OF THE TIME ”
WHO?
WHO HE RECALLED IN “BOY” AS
A TREMENDOUS DIARY- WRITER.
HIS FATHER
PAINTING, FURNITURE AND GARDENING WOULD ALL BE ROALD´S ...(What?)
As an older child he enjoyed adventure stories
HE LOVED STORIES AND BOOKS
From age 7 to 9 he attended Llandaff Cathedral School
Chief memories: trips with his 4 friends from school to the sweet shop --> CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY
Unhappy time at school
SCHOOL

Boarding St. Peter´s prep school from 9 to 13 years old.
He suffered from homesickness
Many of his stories reflect this...
Aged 13: REPTON, a famous public school.

He was excellent at:
heavyweight boxing and squash;
but
he was terrible at:
writing !!!!!!

One great advantage: school was very close to Cadbury´s, which involved the boy going there to test new varieties of chocolate.
His unhappy time at school was to greatly influence his writing


He once said that what distinguished him from most other children´s writers was
“this business of remembering what it was like to be young.”


His childhood and schooldays are the subject of his autobiography
BOY.
WAR AND ADVENTURE
He was 23 when the war broke out and
he signed up with the Royal Air Force.

He was accepted as a Pilot Officer
and was trained.


HIS EXPERIENCE IN WAR IS DETAILED IN
“GOING SOLO”
INCLUDING:

Having a luger pointed at his head by the leader of a German convoy

Crash landing in no-man´s land (having his nose pulled out and shaped!)

Surviving a direct hit during the Battle of Athens

Flying in Hurricanes
He first became interested in writing children´s books by making up bedtime stories for his daughters Olivia and Tessa:
“JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH”
(1967) and
“CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY”
(1964 USA, 1967 UK)
HUSBAND AND FATHER


He married twice:


-1953: Patricia Neal (actress) with whom he had
5
children: Olivia, Theo, Tessa, Ophelia and Lucy

- 1983: Felicity “Liccy” Crosland
He gave time and money to help people in need.
After his death his second wife established "The Roald Dahl Foundation" to continue with his tradition.
1990 he was diagnosed with a rare blood disorder:


“I´ve been a bit off colour these last few months,
feeling sleepy when I shouldn´t have been and
without the old bubbly energy that drives one to
write books and drink gin and chase after girls,”
he worte in a newsletter to his young fans.
DIED:


November 23rd, 1990 at the age of 74.
www.roalddahl.com
BIBLIOGRAPHY
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