Did you know that Roald Dahl was born today in 1916? He is known as one of the greatest story tellers for children. Some of his inspiration for his stories came from his childhood. For example, when he was a teenager, the Cadbury chocolate company often sent boxes of new chocolates to the school for the students to test. Roald Dahl dreamed of creating a new candy bar that would gain the attention of Mr. Cadbury himself. This experience inspired the beloved book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
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Roald Dahl grew up in Cardiff, Wales. His parents were Norwegian immigrants. Roald Dahl’s father passed away when he was 4 years old, but his mother remained in Wales because his father wanted Roald and his siblings to receive an education in British schools, which he though were the best in the world.
Roald Dahl was named after the famous explorer Roald Amundsen.
While some humorous experiences inspired his writing for children, his horrendous experience in British boarding schools also influenced his writing. The physical and mental brutality from students and teachers gave Roald Dahl a hatred for cruelty, which is seen in many of his works.
Roald Dahl also wrote short stories intended for adults such as Tales of the Unexpected.
Roald Dahl was also an ace pilot during World War II. He later became a diplomat and intelligence officer for the British. He was based in Washington DC.
During his time in Washington DC he met other writers such as C.S. Forester and Ian Fleming. He later wrote the screenplay for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, one of Ian Fleming’s novels.