Roald Dahl was a British novelist, short-story writer, poet, screenwriter, and wartime fighter pilot. He rose to prominence as a writer in the 1940s with works for children and for adults. His books have sold more than 250 million copies worldwide. Dahl’s short stories are known for their unexpected endings, and his children’s books for their unsentimental, macabre, often darkly comic mood.
About Roald Dahl in brief
Roald Dahl was a British novelist, short-story writer, poet, screenwriter, and wartime fighter pilot. He rose to prominence as a writer in the 1940s with works for children and for adults. His books have sold more than 250 million copies worldwide. He served in the Royal Air Force during the Second World War. His awards for contribution to literature include the 1983 World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement and the British Book Awards’ Children’s Author of the Year in 1990. Dahl’s short stories are known for their unexpected endings, and his children’s books for their unsentimental, macabre, often darkly comic mood. His adult works include Tales of the Unexpected and The BFG. Dahl was born in 1916 at Villa Marie, Fairwater Road, in Llandaff, Cardiff, Wales to Norwegians Harald Dahl and Sofie Magdalene Dahl. His father had immigrated to the UK from Sarpsborg in Norway and settled in Cardiff in the 1880s with his first wife, a Frenchwoman named Marie Beaurin-Gresser. His sister Astri died from appendicitis at age 7 in 1920 when Dahl was three years old. His mother decided to remain in Wales instead of returning to Norway to live with relatives, as her husband had wanted their children to be educated in English schools, which he considered the world’s best. Dahl wrote about his time at St. Peter’s boarding school in Derbyshire, when he was 13, in his autobiography: Tales of Childhood. According to his biographer Donald Sturrock, Dahl disliked corporal punishment, which is marked by his hatred of cruelty and cruelty of older boys.
In 2008, The Times placed Dahl 16th on its list of \”The 50 Greatest British Writers Since 1945\”. Dahl’s father was a wealthy shipbroker who left behind a fortune of £150,000 when he died in 1920. His grandmother Ellen Wallace was a descendant of an early 18th century Scottish immigrant to Norway. Dahl was named after Norwegian polar explorer Roald Amundsen. He wrote about these violent experiences in his early life in Dahl’s autobiography: Boy: The Boy’s Boy’s Book of Childhood, published by Simon & Schuster, priced £16.99, with a print run of 1,000. Dahl also wrote about the hazing and hazing of younger boys, with younger boys frequently subject to terrible beatings for having to act as personal servants to older boys, and how this led to Dahl’s dislike of corporal cruelty. Dahl referred to Gobstoppers as a favourite sweet among British schoolboys between the two World Wars, and referred to them in his fictional Everlasting Gobstopper which was featured in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. His parents had wanted him to beeducated at an English public school, and this proved to be the nearest because of the regular ferry link across the Bristol Channel. He was very homesick and wrote to his mother every week but never revealed his unhappiness to her.