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- Created 2012-04-04
(ˈroʊ.ɑːl_ˈdɑːl; ˈɾuːɑl dɑllangno; 13 September 191623 November 1990) was a
novelist, short story writer, poet,
Born in Wales to Norwegian parents, he served in the
Royal Air Force
World War II
, in which he became a
and intelligence officer, rising to the rank of
. 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
placed Dahl 16th on its list of "The 50 greatest British writers since 1945". His short stories are known for their unexpected endings, and his children's books for their unsentimental, often very
His works include
James and the Giant Peach
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Fantastic Mr Fox
George's Marvellous Medicine
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Roald Dahl's darkest hour (biography excerpt)
Radio interview with Dahl in Norwegian by NRK (1975)
''The Irregulars, Roald Dahl and the British Spy Ring in Wartime Washington,'' 2008
February 2011 profile of Patricia Neal on V.O.A.
Footage of Roald Dahl judging at the Whitbread book prize in 1982
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