Roald Dahl Biography

By Owen Ostler

Early Life

Roald Dahl was born in Llandoff Wales on September 13th 1916. In 1920 his sister Astri died of appendicitis. His father also died before first grade. Roald begins school at St.Peter's, Weston-super-Mare. He then moved to Repton where he finishes his schooling. After that he begins working for Shell. He then travels to Dar-es-salaam to continue working for shell. However after World War II started he joined the Royal Air Force. He is posted in Libya in 1940 where he is involved in a plane crash. He then moves to the Athens squadron in 1941 before he returns to Britain later that year.

Later Life

In 1942 he begins to work on his first kids book, The Gremlins. His first short story collection is later published in 1942. Then 2 years later his dystopian novel Some Time Never is published in 1951 he meets his future wife, the actress, Patricia Neal. He then marries her 2 years later on July 2nd 1953. In 1955 his daughter Olivia is born. That same year his only stage play The Honeys opens. In 1960 his son Theo is born. In 1961 His show Way Out runs for 14 episodes. Later that year James and The Giant Peach is published. The next year his daughter Olivia passes away. In 1964 Charlie and The Chocolate Factory is published and his daughter Ophelia is born. He helped work on the script of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang which premiered in 1968. He then wrote and published Fantastic Mr.Fox in 1970. The next year the movie came out of Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory. As he was nearing the end of his days he began to publish tons and tons of books from 1970 to 1990. He then sadly passed away on the 23rd of November 1990.


Roald Dahl wrote many books in his life time, especially near the end. My personal favorite is Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory. In brief summary, it is about a boy who buys a candy bar and gets a golden ticket that allows him to go inside Willy Wonka's chocolate factory. A lot of hilarious and crazy things happen inside. It is my favorite book of his because it really shows what a big imagination he has. You should read this book because it is a hilarious joyride packed with non stop action and fun. It also has a good ending that really wraps up the story.

Below is a short biography of Roald Dahl

Roald Dahl: From Books To Film