Roald Dahl

Born:  September 13, 1916             Passed away:  November 23, 1990


Meet the author Roald Dahl:


Author biography:

“Roald Dahl, (born September 13, 1916, Llandaff, Wales—died November 23, 1990, Oxford, England), British writer, a popular author of ingenious, irreverent children’s books.

Following his graduation from Repton, a renowned British public school, in 1932, Dahl avoided a university education and joined an expedition to Newfoundland. He worked from 1937 to 1939 in Dar es Salaam, Tanganyika (now in Tanzania), but he enlisted in the Royal Air Force (RAF) when World War II broke out. Flying as a fighter pilot, he was seriously injured in a crash landing in Libya. He served with his squadron in Greece and then in Syria before doing a stint (1942–43) as assistant air attaché in Washington, D.C. (during which time he also served as a spy for the British government). There the novelist C.S. Forester encouraged him to write about his most exciting RAF adventures, which were published by the Saturday Evening Post.”—from


Books by Roald Dahl:


Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator

The Witches

James and the Giant Peach


The Fantastic Foxes

The Twits

Esio Trot

George’s Marvelous Medicine

The Enormous Crocodile