- Roald Dahl - Author Study

By: Kelsey A. McNemar

The Beginning of Roald Dahl

Rohal Dahl was born September 13, 1916, in Llandaff, Whales, however, him and his family moved to Radyr once his sister was born. In 1920 his father, Harald and his older sister, Astri died, but his mother gave birth to his new younger sister Asta the same year. Following the death of his beloved family members, him, his mother and now 3 sisters moved back to Llandaff, Whales where he starts school at St Peter's, Weston-super-Mare in 1925. Four years later Roald Dahl moved to Repton where he spends the rest of his school days.


(1934)Now out of School with no job, Roald Dahl looks for a job and finds one working for Shell Oil. After 4 years of working for Shell oil Roald Dahl moves to Dar-es-Salaam to continue his work with the company, Shell Oil. As World War Two hits America Roald decides to join the Royal Air Force(RAF). Just a year since Roald joined RAF, he gets posted to Libya, where he is involved in a plane crash. In April of 1941 Roald goes to Athens, Greece where he rejoins his RAF squadron. After 3 years as an RAF, he returns home to Britain. His first paid piece of writing was completed in August of 1942. Roald Dahl begins working on The Gremlins, wich is published in 1943. And just 3 years later he publishes his first short story in 1946. He also worked on his adult dystopian book "Some Time Never" but it is never published. Roald meets American actress, Patricia Neal, and 2 years later (Roald now being 37) they get married on Jully 2ed, 1953. Now 1954 the couple decides to buy a cottage in Great Missenden. Roald have their first child, a girl named Olivia in 1955 and his only stage play "Honeys" opens the same year. 2 years after her sister Roald's second child was born another girl named Tessa.

Later in Roald Dahl's life

Kicking off the 60s with the birth of his son Theo, and the publishing of his collection of short stories "Kiss Kiss". A year later "Way Out" Presented by Roald Dahl on American TV channel CBS, but sadly it only ran for a short 14 episodes. The same year he published "James and the Giant Peach" one of his most famous children's books. Crushingly Dahl's eldest daughter, Olivia dies about a year later. Two years later Patricia gives birth to their 4th child, a girl named, Ophelia Dahl. And just a year after that Dahl's wife Patricia falls ill when she has a serious of strokes in L.A. Four years after finishing "The Magic Finger" it is finally published. Leading into the 70's the first film adaptations any of Roald Dahl's work, including the now famous "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory". Later in the 70s Dahl's first grandchild was born. In 1980 many of Roald Dahl's work saw publication, such as, "The Twits", "George's Marvellous Medicine", "Revolting Rhymes", "The BFG", "The Witches", "Dirty Beast", "Ghost Stories", "Boy", "The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me", "Going Solo and Two Fables", "Matilda", "Rhyme Stew and Ah", and, "Sweet Mystery of Life". The same year that "George's Marvellous Medicine" got publication he separated from Patricia Neal. 2 years later he got remarried to Felicity "Liccy" Crosland. In 1984 Dahl's second grandchild was born. 70th birthday as well as the birth of his third grandchild in 1986. Two years later his fourth grandchild was born. At the end of the 80's BFG, an animated film released. May, 1990, "Esio Trot" was published, and The Witches film was released. Later that year on the 23rd of November, 1990, Roald Dahl died at the age of 74. Even after his death the creation of Roald Dahl's Marvellous Children's Charity lives on. Four years after his death the birth of his 6th grandchild was born, and the publication of "Revolting Recipes" took place in 1994. In 1996 films of Dahl's "James and the Giant Peach" and "Matilda" released. Towards the end of the 90's The Roald Dahl Treasury was published. Now into the 2000's remakes of his work where made for instance, Tim Burtons "Charlie and The Chocolate factory". In 2006 the first Roald Dahl Day ever took place. The celebration continues into the 2007's and his 8th grandchild was born the same year. The Roald Dahl Funny Prize, the brainchild of Micheal Rosen, launches in 2008. In 2009 Wes Anderson released his movie version of Fantastic Mr. Fox. Multiple musicale adaptation of Roald Dahl's stories arrived on stage and some even landing on Broadway! On February 1st, 2010 the 50th anniversary of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory took place. Even years after Roald Dahl's death his stories live on and inspire people to this day, i think one of the reasons Roald Dahl became a writer was "I want to build something that lasts longer than me" - Hamilton (musical)
Rare Roald Dahl interview from 1990 - How he became a writer
Roald DAHL - Revolting Rhymes - Three Little Pigs

Charlie and The Chocolate Factory

Roald Dahl's Charlie and The Chocolate Factory is any kids dream in a book. Did you ever wonder as a young child where the candy you loved so dearly was made from? Well Charlie and the Chocolate Factory explains just that. When Charlie Bucket (protagonist) is one of the 5 lucky children who get a golden ticked from a candy bar to go to the greatest chocolate factory in the world. The other children include, Augustus Gloop, who has a constant hunger and cant go 5 min. without a bite to eat, Veruca Salt, a spoiled brat who gets what she wants when she wants, next up we have Violet Beauregarde, a not so bright gum chewer, and finally we have Mike Teavee, a want to be gangster who won't get away from the T.V. And of course there is the one and only Willy Wonka. Willy Wonka is the operator of the wonderful chocolate factory, Mr.Wonka is a phycho... i mean cheerful person. This book is whimsical to the core and filled with adventure and puts the dreams of children into words but with a twist of Roald Dahl's "humor". Overall a fantastic book that will make you feel like a kid in a candy store.