The Author Roald Dahl

By Emily Tobiason

The early and later days of Roald Dahl

Roald Dahl was born in Llandaff, Wales September thirteenth, 1916 to two wonderful parents. Two years later his sister, Else, was born and his family moved to Radyr, Wales. In 1920, his third sister, Asta, was born. In that year, his father, Harald Dahl, and sister, Astri Dahl, died. A year later, Dahl's family moved back to Llandaff, Wales, and Roald then started school. In 1934, Roald Dahl began working at Shell Oil. In 1939, after World War Two broke out, Dahl joined the Royal Air Force. A year later, Roald moved back to Britain and wrote his first book for money. In 1950, he met Patricia Neal, who he married three years later. Two years after his marriage, Dahl had his first daughter, Olivia, and had his second daughter, Tessa, in 1957. Roald then published several books, and had his first son. Between 1970-1980 Dahl published many children's books that are now known world wide. Dahl died November 23, 1990, but his books still remain famous.

From Royal Air Force to famous author

From the 1940's to just about 2000, Roald Dahl was a fantastic author for both children and adults. While Dahl was in the air force, he was caught in a plane crash. Because of this, he was sent of to Washington D.C, where he met the author C.S Forester. Forester encouraged Dahl to write about his times in the desert. Then in August 1942 his first piece of writing was published in The Saturday Evening Post, called Shot Down Over Libya. Dahl then continued working and later came out with the book The Gremlins, a book about creatures who ruin things on aeroplanes. This story was later turned into a short film. The story became very popular, even to Eleanor Roosevelt who read the book to her grandchildren. Dahl then continued to write on, not just for kids, but for adults as well.

Some of Dahl's famous books

A wonderful piece of Dahl's

James and the Giant Peach

James and the Giant Peach, is a children's book written by Roald Dahl. This book is about a young boy named James. James lives with two evil aunts who put him to work all day. One day, James is in the garden when he sees something. He sees a bug, who can talk! James ends up becoming friends with this bug and all of the sudden finds himself in a giant peach with many more talking bugs. James is taken on a journey and finally gets to escape his evil aunts. You can find out the wonderful journey James goes through and what happens when you read the book, or even watch the movie!
Roald Dahl December 1984