Roald Dahl

By: Anne Marie Santich

Early Life

Roald Dahl was born on September 13, 1916 in Llandaff, Wales. Roald Dahl had a tragic young life. When he was 8 years old his sister died from an infection and his father died from pneumonia. He moved from place to place until he ended up in Repton, where he spent the rest of his childhood.

Later Life

In 1934 Dahl began working at Shell Oil. Five years later, during World War II, he joined the Royal Air Force. During the war, he was involved in a plane crash, but rejoined his squadron. Two years later he returned to Britain and began his writing career. On July 2, 1953 he married Patricia Neal. Roald and Patricia had five kids: Oliva, Tessa, Theo, Ophelia, and Lucy. Roald published his first famous book in 1961, James and the Giant Peach. Three years later he published Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. He continued to write stories including Fantastic Mr. Fox and Matilda. He also publishes many short stories including The Land Lady, The Man From the South, and The Umbrella Man. Many of his stories have been made into movies. Roald Dahl died November 23, 1990 at the age of 74. However his legacy lived long after his death. Film adaptations are still being made and millions of people are continuing to enjoy his work.
Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory (1971) Official Trailer - Gene Wilder, Roald Dahl Movie HD

Literature Focus: The Landlady

One of Roald Dahl's best known short stories is The Landlady. People should read The Landlady because it is a creepy, mysterious story that will keep you on the edge of your seat. The story follows a young man named Billy Weaver who is looking for a place to stay overnight. His attention is caught by a bed and breakfast. He notices how nice it looks inside and decides to stay there. When he knocks on the door he is greeted by a middle-aged lady. Billy is suspicious about the lady and creeped out by many of the things that are in the house. Read The Landlady to find out what happens next!