by Sydney Liao
Roald Dahl was born in Wales on September 13, 1916 to Norwegian parents. He spent his early years in Llandaff. In 1948, his younger sister Else was born, and his family moved to Radyr. His father and oler sister died in 1920, and his sister Asta was born. He went to Llandaff Cathedral School in 1923. The Dahl family moved to Repton in 1929.
Roald Dahl worked for Shell oil, starting in 1934. He went to Africa before World War Two started. He joined the Royal Air Force in 1939. He started writing during a stint in Washington D.C. In 1946, Dahl published his first short story collection. He met Patricia Neal in 1951, and they married on July 2, 1953. They bought the Little Whitefield Cottage in Great Missenden. Their first daughter, Olivia, was born in 1955, and their second daughter, Tessa, was born in 1957. Olivia died in 1962. After that, their third daughter, Ophelia, was born in 1964. Dahl's first grandchild was born in 1977, with more following. He divorced Patricia in 1981, and married Felicity Crosland. He died on November 23, 1990, at age 74.
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