|When was Roald Dahl born?||13 September 1916|
|When did Roald Dahl die? / Died||23 November 1990|
|How many years did Roald Dahl live? / Lived||74 years|
Roald Dahl facts
- ɑːl ˈdɑːl/; Norwegian pronunciation: [ˈɾuːɑl dɑl]; 13 September 1916 – 23 November 1990) 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 parents, Dahl served in the Royal Air Force during the Second World War, in which he became a flying ace and intelligence officer, rising to the rank of acting wing commander
- He rose to prominence 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"
- Dahl's short stories are known for their unexpected endings and his children's books for their unsentimental, macabre, often darkly comic mood, featuring villainous adult enemies of the child characters
- His books champion the kind-hearted, and feature an underlying warm sentiment
- Dahl's works for children include James and the Giant Peach, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, The Witches, Fantastic Mr Fox, The BFG, The Twits and George's Marvellous Medicine