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Roald Dahl Biography
Transcript of Roald Dahl Biography
the most successful children´s writer in the world”
“The Independent” (1990)
On September 13th,
In Llandaff, Wales
His father got married twice. He was the only boy of his mother.
4 siblings + 2 stepsiblings
“ 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.
“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 HE RECALLED IN “BOY” AS
A TREMENDOUS DIARY- WRITER.
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
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;
he was terrible at:
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
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
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”
“CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY”
(1964 USA, 1967 UK)
HUSBAND AND FATHER
He married twice:
-1953: Patricia Neal (actress) with whom he had
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.
November 23rd, 1990 at the age of 74.