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Roald Dahl

Dahl in 1954
Dahl in 1954

Born

13 September 1916 Llandaff, Cardiff, Wales

Died

23 November 1990 Oxford, England

Occupation

Novelist, poet, screenwriter

Education

The Cathedral School, Llandaff St Peter's School, Weston-super-Mare Repton School

Period

1942–1990

Genre

Fantasy, suspense

Spouse

  • Patricia Neal
  • Felicity Crosland

Children

5, including Tessa, Ophelia and Lucy

Relatives

Sophie and Phoebe DahlNicholas LogsdailMilitary career

Allegiance

  United Kingdom

Branch

  Royal Air Force

Service years

1939–1946

Rank

Squadron leader

Service number

77402284990

Wars

  • World War II
  • Battle of Athens

Roald Dahl was a British novelist, short story writer, poet, screenwriter, and fighter pilot. His books have sold more than 250 million copies worldwide.

Born in Wales to Norwegian immigrant parents, Dahl served in the Royal Air Force during the Second World War. He became a flying ace and intelligence officer, rising to the rank of acting wing commander. He rose to prominence as a writer in the 1940s with works for both children and adults, and he 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". His awards for contribution to literature include the 1983 World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement, and the British Book Awards' Children's Author of the Year in 1990. In 2008, The Times placed Dahl 16th on its list of "The 50 greatest British writers since 1945".

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