Roald Dahl : biography
Roald Dahl ( inogolo.com ; 13 September 191623 November 1990) was a British novelist, short story writer, poet, fighter pilot and screenwriter.
Born in Wales, to Norwegian parents, he served in the Royal Air Force during World War II, in which he became a flying ace and intelligence officer, rising to the rank of wing commander. Dahl rose to prominence in the 1940s, with works for both children and adults, and became one of the world’s best-selling authors. He has been referred to as "one of the greatest storytellers for children of the 20th century". In 2008 The Times placed Dahl 16th on its list of "The 50 greatest British writers since 1945".. The Times. 5 January 2008. Retrieved on 1 February 2010. His short stories are known for their unexpected endings, and his children’s books for their unsentimental, often very dark humour.
His works include James and the Giant Peach, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, The Witches, Fantastic Mr Fox, The Twits, George’s Marvellous Medicine and The BFG.
(September 1953).]] Dahl’s first published work, inspired by a meeting with C. S. Forester, was "A Piece Of Cake" on 1 August 1942. The story, about his wartime adventures, was bought by The Saturday Evening Post for US$1000 (a substantial sum in 1942) and published under the title "Shot Down Over Libya".Frances E. Ruffin The Rosen Publishing Group, 2006