Roald Dahl

By: Anthony Yu

Early Life

Roald Dahl was born on September 13, 1916 to Norwegian parents and spent most of his early years in Llandaff. In 1918 Roald's younger sister was born and they moved to Radyr. Later in 1920, Roald's older sister and father died. In 1939, he joined the Royal Air Force or RAF. In Washington, in 1942, C.J Forester, a British novelist, persuaded Dahl to start writing and he gets paid for his first piece.
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Later Life

In 1951, Roald meets his future wife, Patricia Neal and on 1953 they married. Roald and Patricia gave birth to their daughter, Tessa, in 1957 also on the same year where Dahl's short stories appeared on Alfred Hitchcock. In 1960, Dahl's "Kiss Kiss" was published. Also on the same year, Dahl's son, Theo was born. 2 years later, his eldest daughter, Olivia, died. In 1961 James and the Giant Peach was published. Then in 1964, Charlie and The Chocolate Factory ,one of Roald's most famous children's novel was published. Roald died on November 23rd 1990.
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Life and Works of Roald Dahl

Literature Spotlight: James and the Giant Peach

James and the Giant Peach is about a boy named James who now lives with his two cruel aunts Sponge and Spiker because his loving parents were killed by a rhinoceros. His aunts mistreat, starve, and neglect him. One afternoon, James meets a friendly old man, who gives him a magic potion which would give him an adventure and happiness. On his way home James accidentally spilled the potion onto a peach tree, which grew a giant peach. His greedy aunts started selling tickets to people in order see the amazing sight. Afterwards, James' aunts ordered him to start picking up the trash left by the visitors. While doing that, James discovers a room in the peach filled with talking bugs. The ensue on a journey across the Atlantic Ocean.


The story is a great read for people who like adventure and a couple of laughs.

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