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Emily Mann Mrs. Piscitello 3English 3Roald Dahl Roald Dahl has taken the fantasy and the inner child in everyone and brought it vividly to life. Age is just a number in his eyes, when indulging in one of Dahl’s books you have the opportunity to relive your favorite childhood memories, and explore new parts of your imagination that you never thought would exist. Roald Dahl definitely did not have the best childhood. At the very young age of four Dahl lost his seven year old sister to appendicitis, then weeks later he lost his father to pneumonia at the age of 57. Soon after Dahl’s father died he was enrolled in Llandaff Cathedral school where he was harshly beaten for playing a practical joke. Per his father’s wish his mother next enrolled him into St. Peter’s, which was a british boarding school. He later transferred to Repton, a private school known for their excellence in academics. Dahl as not known for exceeding in academics, he had a wide imagination and that did not mix well with school. After no being necessarily a model student in primary school, his mother offered to pay his full way through Oxford or Cambridge University. Dahl’s response was “No thank you. I want to go straight from school to work for a company that will send me faraway places like Africa or China.”(Boy: Tales of Childhood) Then shortly afterward he took a job with the Shell Oil Company in Tanzania, Africa. Yet more adventure to come, in 1939 Dahl became part of the Royal Air Force. He trained in Nairobi, and later became a World War II fighter pilot. When Dahl was serving in the Mediterranean he crashed in Alexandria, Egypt. He was seriously injured in the crash, he had injuries to his skull, hips, and spine. He next was transferred to Washington D.C. where he became an assistant air attaché. Dahl met with Cecil Louis Troughton Smith while in Washington D.C., who encouraged him to start writing. Dhal published his first short story in the Saturday Evening Post. In a book reviewer Dahl told Willa Petchek from New York Times ,” As I went on the stories became less and less realistic and more fantastic”. Dahl wrote his first children’s book ” The Gremlins” for Walt Disney in 1942. His story sadly was not too terribly successful, so Dahl went back to writing books and articles geared towards adults. Which later brought some best sellers such as Someone Like You, and Kiss, Kiss. After publishing Someone Like You dahl married Patricia Neal, who was widely known actress. They were together for many decades and resulted 5 kids. Sadly one of his five children tragically died. Dahl’s wife Patricia Neal suffered from multiple brain hemorrhages in the mid-1960’s, he stuck by her for the long agonizing recovery. Later in 1983 the couple finally split shortly after Dahl married, Felicity Ann Crosland who he would stay with until he died in 1990. One of Dahl’s biggest influences was his children. He told his children nightly bedtime stories which inspired his career in children’s novels. One of Roald Dahl’s most famous pieces “Charlie and the chocolate factory” was written on Dahl’s not so great experiences in Llandaff Cathedral school, where the only joy that the children there got was there frequent visits the sweets shop. In many of Dahl’s books you can see his love for sweets, you can in this in books such as ” The Witches” and ” The Giraffe the Pelly and Me”. Though Dahl is most famous for his short story children’s novels he has also written some short stories for adults. Dahls wrote stories about a sickly infant who grows up to be Adolf Hitler, the visitor to a taxidermist’s bed and breakfast who discovers the tastes of bitter almonds in his tea, sadly he was a little too late. It sick and twisted stories like this that grab the attention of Dahl’s adult audience. Kiss Kiss is a collection of Dahl’s short stories written by Alfred A. Knopf.   

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