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Roald Dahl

Roald Dahl was born in Wales of Norwegian parents. He spent his childhood in England and, at age 18, went to work for the Shell Oil Company in Africa. When World War II broke out, he joined the Royal Air Force and became a fighter pilot. At the age of 26 he moved to Washington, D.C., and it was there he began to write. His first short story, which recounted his adventures in the war, was bought by The Saturday Evening Post, and so began a long and illustrious career.

After establishing himself as a writer for adults, Dahl began writing children's stories in the early 1960s while living in England with his family. His first stories were written as entertainment for his own children, to whom many of his books are dedicated.

Roald Dahl is now considered one of the most beloved storytellers of our time. Although he passed away in 1990, his popularity continues to increase as his fantastic novels, including James and the Giant Peach, Matilda, The BFG and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, delight an ever-growing legion of fans.

Learn more about Roald Dahl on the official Roald Dahl website: www.roalddahl.com .

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Roald Dahl Facts

BirthdaySeptember 13, 1916
BirthplaceLlandaff, Norway
Date of deathNovember 23, 1990 (age 74)
Height6' 6" (1m98)  How tall is Roald Dahl compared to you?

Selected Filmography

Roald Dahl's Dirty Beasts
Roald Dahl's The BFG
The Witches
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Strange is Normal The Amazing Life of Colin Wilson
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