Roald Dahl

By: Emma Cochran

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Early Life

Roald Dahl was born in Llandaff, near Walsh capital of Cardiff, on September 13th 1916. Other than his two parents, his older sister Astri, and younger sisters Else and Asta surely kept him busy. When the tragic event of the death of his older sister and father occurred in the year of 1920, it left Roald Dahl's mother with 6 children (3 from Roald's fathers previous marriage) to take care of alone. Ronald Dahl spent his early years at the Llandaff Cathedral School and St. Peters Weston- Super-Mare. Dahl got a job with the company Shell in 1934 around the age of 18. Shell-Oil took Roald-Dahl all over the world to places such as Tanzania East-Africa. After leaving Shell, Dahl went to Nairobi to join the Royal Air Force (RAF) in November 1939 when he was 23 years of age. His career began when he returned to Britain in 1942. In Washington D.C. Dahl met the British novelist C.S Forester, who later encourage him to write about his time in the desert. In August 1942, Roald Dahl's first piece of writing was anonymously released. After that encouragement, Roald Dahl's career took off.

Later Life

After Roald Dahl was inspired by the writer C.S Forester to write about his experiences in Lybia, a short story was released called Shot Down Over Libya. This was one of the things that started Roald Dahl's career and later he began to work on his first actual story that he later named The Gremlins (published in 1943 under the name of Walt Disney. In 1953, Roald Dahl married the love of his life Patricia Neal in New York, New York. Patricia and Roald had one son, Theo Dahl, and three daughters, Olivia, Ophelia, and Tessa Dahl. Sadly, in November of 1961, their oldest daughter Olivia passed away. With stellar stories such as The Witches, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and The Twitz his wonderful legacy carries on even after he passed away on November 23rd 1990 at 73 years old.

James and the Giant Peach

James and the Giant Peach is a story of a young boy who escapes an abusive home in a magical peach. Along the way, he makes new friends, and discovers the joys of freedom and friendship, which had been blind to him in the past. The addictive read is creative, daring, and leaves you always wanting more. I truly enjoyed this story throughout my childhood and I highly suggest it!

Rare Roald Dahl interview from 1990 - How he became a writer