13 September 1916 – 23 November 1990
Roald Dahl said, “If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.”
Roald Dahl was a spy, an ace fighter pilot, a chocolate historian and a medical inventor.
In 1961, Dahl experienced a burst of creative energy. During this time, James and the Giant Peach was published in the US, followed by Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Roald then wrote screenplays for the James Bond hit You Only Live Twice and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, as well as adult novels such as Kiss Kiss. Fantastic Mr. Fox was published in 1970, the year before the film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory was released. The rest of the decade saw the publication of many other classics, including Danny the Champion of the World, and The Enormous Crocodile.
In the early 1980s he published The Twits, Revolting Rhymes, The BFG and The Witches. There followed two autobiographical books: Boy, in 1984 and Going Solo, in 1986. Matilda was published in 1988, Esio Trot in 1990, and finally, in 1991, came the posthumous delight of The Minpins.
Roald Dahl died on 23 November 1990, aged 74. His books and the movies inspired by his work continue to delight and amaze children and adults alike.
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