Roald Dahl

by McKenna Blanton

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Roald Dahl was an author from Wales, best known for stories such as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, The Magic Finger, BFG, The Witches, Matilda, and so many others.

Early Life

Roald Dahl was born on september 13th, 1916, in Llandaff Wales. When his younger sister was born he moved to Radyr. He had two older sisters, Astri and Alfhild, and two younger sisters, Else and Asta. Unfortunately, Astri and Roald’s father both died when he was four. Astri died at age seven from a burst appendix, and Harald at age 57 from pneumonia. Right afterwards, Asta was born, the family moved back to Llandaff, and Roald began elementary school.

Later Life

Roald Dahl started working with Shell Oil company. This job had him posted in Africa. He had lived there for about a year when World War || broke out. He was 23, and he joined the Royal Air Force. A year later, he is flying over Libya and is involved in a plane crash. After months and months of recovery in the hospital, he is finally well enough to continue flying. His job takes him to Washington D.C., where he meets the novelist C.S. Forester.

Forester was the one who encouraged Roald Dahl to write. He told him to write about his experiences. Dahl wrote a piece called Shot Down Over Libya, which was later published anonymously.

The forties are when Roald Dahl began writing a lot. He published an adult novel, and started working on a story called The Gremlins. 1946 is the first time his collection of short stories was published.


Roald Dahl meets his wife, the famous american actress Patricia Neal. He marries her on July 2nd, 1953. They go on to have 5 children.

The 1960's

The sixties were a difficult time for Dahl personally, but many of his most famous pieces are published in the 60’s. His eldest daughter olivia passes away, along with his mother. His wife suffers a series of strokes, but luckily she survives. James and the giant peach, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Magic Finger, and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang are all published in the 60’s. Apparently, Roald Dahl got the idea for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, because of his love for chocolate, and his memories as a child being a taster for a chocolate factory.

Even Later In Life

Roald Dahl continues writing all throughout his life. In the seventies, he even begins seeing film versions of his beloved stories. For example, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory starring Gene Wilder is released in 1971. It is still seen as a cult classic today.

Unfortunately, Roald Dahl died November 23, 1990. He was seventy-four years old. People still continue to read, watch, and love his stories. whether its his adult novels, his children's books, his disturbing short stories, or his whimsical tales, his work will go down in history.