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September 13

Roald Dahl

Dahl’s books, including James and the Giant Peach and The Witches, stemmed in part from the tales he’d tell his own children at bedtime.

Library of Congress, LC-USZ62-116610

1913: What a Dahl
Roald Dahl is born in Llandaff, Wales
It may come as no surprise to learn that one of young Roald Dahl’s schools was situated near a chocolate factory, and some lucky students got to take part in candy-bar tasting. Yes, the popular children’s writer who authored Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and dreamed up its chocolate bars wrapped in golden tickets clearly drew some of his fantastically inventive tales from his own life experiences.

Dahl also wrote plenty of books and short stories for adults, but his children’s works stand out for their dark humor, startling plot twists, and outrageous characters like greedy Augustus Gloop in Charlie and mean Miss Trunchbull in Matilda—characters who almost always get their come-uppance in the end.
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