Roald Dahl is an English novelist, short story writer, poet, screenwriter and fighter pilot. His books have sold over 250 million copies worldwide. Dahl was born in Wales to Norwegian immigrant parents. He served in the Royal Air Force during World War II. He became a fighter pilot and later an intelligence officer, gaining the rank of wing command. He became famous as a writer in the 1940s with works for children and adults, and he became one of the best-selling authors in the world. He has been called "one of the greatest children's storytellers of the 20th century". His awards for his contributions to literature include the 1983 World Illusion Prize for Life Achievement and Child of the Year Author of the Year for the British Book Award 1990. In 2008, The Times ranked Dahl 16th on the list of "50 Greatest English Writers since 1945". However, he and his writings have been criticized for their anti-Semitism, racism, and deviations.
|Born||September 13, 1916, Llandaff, Cardiff, Wales|
|Died||November 23, 1990, Oxford, England|
|Occupation||Novelist, poet, screenwriter|
|Education||The Cathedral School, Llandaff, St Peter's School, Weston-super-Mare, Repton School|
|Notable works||James and the Giant Peach, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Fantastic Mr Fox, Danny, the Champion of the World, George's Marvellous Medicine, The BFG, The Witches, Matilda|
|Spouse||Patricia Neal (m. 1953, div. 1983), Felicity Crosland (m. 1983, his death 1990)|
|Children||5, including Tessa, Ophelia and Lucy|
|Relatives||Sophie and Phoebe Dahl (granddaughters), Nicholas Logsdail (nephew)|
Welsh-born novelist, screenwriter, and fighter pilot who authored such children's classics as James and the Giant Peach, The BFG, and Matilda. Many of his popular books, including The Witches, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and Fantastic Mr. Fox, have been made into feature films.
He was involved in what he called the "Great Mouse Plot of 1924," in which he and a few other boys put a dead mouse in a jar of gobstoppers inside "a loathsome" woman's candy store. The conspirators were later caught by the school principal and struck with a cane, and Dahl was sent to boarding school. In 1939, Dahl became a pilot with the Royal Air Force.
His family gave him a Viking funeral, placing chocolates, a power saw, pencils, and his snooker cues in his coffin.
He grew up in Cardiff, Wales as the son of Norwegian-born parents. When his thirty-year marriage to actress Patricia Neal ended in divorce, Dahl wed second wife, Felicity Crosland. Dahl's first marriage produced five children: Olivia, Chantal, Theo, Ophelia, and Lucy.
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