Roald Dahl

Author Study Project By Haley Jones

Early Life

Roald Dahl was born on September 13th 1916 in Llandaff Wales. His parents, Harold and Sofie, named him after Norway's famous polar explorer Roald Amundsen. He had two older sisters Astri and Alfhid, as well as an older brother and sister from his fathers first marriage. Roald's father was a shipbroker and his business was called Adnesen and Dahl. Roald's sister Astri died at the age of seven from an infection. Later that year his father dies of Pneumonia at the age of 57. That left Sofie his mom to take care of six children all by herself.

Later Life

In 1935 Roald began working for Shell oil, he moves to Dar-es-Salam to manage a branch. At the age of 23 in 1939 he joins the Air Force, this is at the beginning of world War Two. Unfortunately after two years his plane crashes, he receives several injuries that put him in the hospital for six months. A couple years after the crash he joins the British Embassy and meets a British novelist who encourages him to write about his experiences in the Air Force. This started his writing career and in 1943 he publishes his first book called The Gremlins. He married Patricia Neal in 1953 and buys a cottage in Great Missenden. He had four kids but is daughter Olivia died at the age of seven due to measles encephalitis. Over time his writting career took off and he became one of the most successful authors ever. He sadly died on November 23, 1990 at the age of 74 but his legacy still continues.

His Most Famous Books

Summary of the book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

In this book a famous owner of a candy business, who never lets people in his factory sets up a way for kids to come take a tour with him. Golden tickets are placed in chocolate candy bars and if you buy a bar and it has a limited gold ticket in it you won a tour. A very kind, not spoiled, and caring boy named Charlie gets a ticket. He gets to go inside the magical candy factory. What will he see? What will the owner be like? Who else is going in with him? You have to read the amazing book by Roald Dahl to find out!
Roald Dahl: From Books To Film