Roald Dahl

By: Ryan Johnson

Who was Roald Dahl?

Roald Dahl was one of the greatest authors of all time. You may know him from his zany kids stories such as Charlie in the Chocolate Factory and Fantastic Mr. Fox. What you may not know is that he wrote many adult stories as well. Some examples of these may be The Landlady or Royal Jelly.
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Early Life 1916 to 1942

Roald Dahl was born in Llandaff, Wales on the 13th of September in 1916. In 1918 his family and his recently born sister moved to Radyr, Wales. In 1920 tragedy struck. His father and sister both died. In 1921 he moved back to Llandaff and two years later he began schooling. In 1929 he moves once again to Repton where he spends the rest of his days of schooling. In 1934 Roald got his first job at Shell Oil. His job takes him to Dares-Salaam but he soon returns to England to join the Royal Airforce so he can fight in Wolrd War 2. Roald Dahl is involved in a plane crash and returns to Britain where he is posted to Washington D.C. IT is in Washington D.C where he completes his first paid piece of writing.

Later Life 1942 to 1990

Dahl's later life was full of story telling and writing. In 1943 he starts write his second book. This book is titled The Gremlins. In 1951 he meets Patricia Neal and two years later they married. 4 years later they have their first child named Olivia. In 1962 Dahl publishes his first book for children. The book is titled James and the Giant Peach. 2 years later he publishes Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, probably his most famous book. Although having several children Dahl and his wife separate in 1951 and divorce in 1953. Later that year though Dahl married his second wife, Felicity Crosland. Roald Dahl died on November 23, 1990 at the age of 74.

Royal Jelly

Royal Jelly is one of Roald Dahl's lesser known stories. It is a creepy story based around the Taylor Family. Mrs. Taylor has recently given birth but the baby is weak and is losing weight. Her husband who is a bee keeper devises a solution. The solution is to put royal jelly, a type of food that bee larvae use to grow, in the baby's milk. His wife said no but Mr. Taylor add royal jelly to the babies milk anyways. The baby quickly starts to grow in weight. Mr. Taylor feels guilty and admits to putting royal jelly in the babies milk. He even admits to eating it himself to increase his fertility. It is only then when Mrs. Taylor notices her husbands resemblance to a giant bee and her daughters resemblance to a grub. If you have a taste for the unexpected this story is for you.
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