History Creator / RoaldDahl

19th Apr '16 12:56:09 PM Aurelian
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Dahl's eventual emergence as a full-time children's writer began in the early 1960s, after ''Literature/JamesAndTheGiantPeach'' and ''Literature/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory'' became a huge success. Other popular titles followed in quick succession, accelerating into the 1980s, when Dahl was well into his sixties/seventies: ''Literature/TheBFG'', ''Literature/TheWitches'', ''Literature/{{Matilda}}''... Traditionally, his books are illustrated by Quentin Blake, master of loopy sketchiness. Almost all of his juvenile books have been made into movies the iconic ''Charlie and the Chocolate Factory'' more than once though he [[CreatorBacklash so disliked]] ''Film/WillyWonkaAndTheChocolateFactory'' that it was nearly 15 years before he allowed another of his books to be adapted (''Literature/TheWitches'', and he didn't like that much either). Curiously, no two of these movies were made by the same person. Particularly in the U.K., stage adaptations of his work are numerous as well; in TheNewTens, ''Theatre/{{Matilda}}'' and ''Theatre/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory'' have both become successful West End musicals.

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Dahl's eventual emergence as a full-time children's writer began in the early 1960s, after ''Literature/JamesAndTheGiantPeach'' and ''Literature/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory'' became a huge success. Other popular titles followed in quick succession, accelerating into the 1980s, when Dahl was well into his sixties/seventies: ''Literature/TheBFG'', ''Literature/TheWitches'', ''Literature/{{Matilda}}''... Traditionally, his books are illustrated by Quentin Blake, master of loopy sketchiness. Almost all of his juvenile books have been made into movies the iconic ''Charlie and the Chocolate Factory'' more than once though he [[CreatorBacklash so disliked]] ''Film/WillyWonkaAndTheChocolateFactory'' that it was nearly 15 years before he allowed another of his books to be adapted (''Literature/TheWitches'', and (and he didn't like that ''Literature/TheWitches'' much either). Curiously, no two of these movies were made by the same person. Particularly in the U.K., stage adaptations of his work are numerous as well; in TheNewTens, ''Theatre/{{Matilda}}'' and ''Theatre/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory'' have both become successful West End musicals.
19th Apr '16 12:54:33 PM Aurelian
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Dahl's eventual emergence as a full-time children's writer began in the early 1960s, after ''Literature/JamesAndTheGiantPeach'' and ''Literature/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory'' became a huge success. Other popular titles followed in quick succession, accelerating into the 1980s, when Dahl was well into his sixties/seventies: ''Literature/TheBFG'', ''Literature/TheWitches'', ''Literature/{{Matilda}}''... Traditionally, his books are illustrated by Quentin Blake, master of loopy sketchiness. Almost all of his juvenile books have been made into movies the iconic ''Charlie and the Chocolate Factory'' more than once and, curiously, no two of these movies were made by the same people (though Creator/HenrySelick almost broke this trend; after making ''James and the Giant Peach'', he was slated to direct ''Fantastic Mr. Fox'', but left to work on ''Coraline'' instead). Particularly in the U.K., stage adaptations of his work are numerous as well; in TheNewTens, ''Theatre/{{Matilda}}'' and ''Theatre/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory'' have both become successful West End musicals.

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Dahl's eventual emergence as a full-time children's writer began in the early 1960s, after ''Literature/JamesAndTheGiantPeach'' and ''Literature/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory'' became a huge success. Other popular titles followed in quick succession, accelerating into the 1980s, when Dahl was well into his sixties/seventies: ''Literature/TheBFG'', ''Literature/TheWitches'', ''Literature/{{Matilda}}''... Traditionally, his books are illustrated by Quentin Blake, master of loopy sketchiness. Almost all of his juvenile books have been made into movies the iconic ''Charlie and the Chocolate Factory'' more than once and, curiously, though he [[CreatorBacklash so disliked]] ''Film/WillyWonkaAndTheChocolateFactory'' that it was nearly 15 years before he allowed another of his books to be adapted (''Literature/TheWitches'', and he didn't like that much either). Curiously, no two of these movies were made by the same people (though Creator/HenrySelick almost broke this trend; after making ''James and the Giant Peach'', he was slated to direct ''Fantastic Mr. Fox'', but left to work on ''Coraline'' instead).person. Particularly in the U.K., stage adaptations of his work are numerous as well; in TheNewTens, ''Theatre/{{Matilda}}'' and ''Theatre/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory'' have both become successful West End musicals.
14th Apr '16 2:07:14 PM ValarHodoris
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'''Roald Dahl''' is a Norwegian-British author (1916-1990) most famous for his distinctively dark but often whimsical children's novels and poetry collections, though he started out as a writer of short stories for adults.

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'''Roald Dahl''' is was a Norwegian-British author (1916-1990) most famous for his distinctively dark but often whimsical children's novels and poetry collections, though he started out as a writer of short stories for adults.
7th Mar '16 10:56:15 AM erforce
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Although Dahl's flying career was ended by the crash, his military service was not. He found himself assigned as Assistant Air Attache to the British Embassy in Washington DC. While there, his natural charm and ability with words and conversation got him a second, unofficial position with the British Security Co-Ordination, an office officially meant to [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin coordinate security i.e. counterespionage with the United States]], but actually a quasi-espionage organization in itself, giving the British Government an inside view of American political activity, tracking down and discrediting pro-Nazi individuals, groups, and businesses, and working to make sure the United States maintained its commitment to assisting the British in their war effort. Dahl's part in this was to hobnob with [[FranklinDRoosevelt the president and his wife]], a young congressman named LyndonJohnson, and other notables, sometimes [[ReallyGetsAround with his penis]]. Yes, he was also very popular with the ladies, almost to the point of a real-life JamesBond (and coincidentally, another intelligence officer he worked with on occasion was none other than IanFleming).

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Although Dahl's flying career was ended by the crash, his military service was not. He found himself assigned as Assistant Air Attache to the British Embassy in Washington DC. While there, his natural charm and ability with words and conversation got him a second, unofficial position with the British Security Co-Ordination, an office officially meant to [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin coordinate security i.e. counterespionage with the United States]], but actually a quasi-espionage organization in itself, giving the British Government an inside view of American political activity, tracking down and discrediting pro-Nazi individuals, groups, and businesses, and working to make sure the United States maintained its commitment to assisting the British in their war effort. Dahl's part in this was to hobnob with [[FranklinDRoosevelt the president and his wife]], a young congressman named LyndonJohnson, and other notables, sometimes [[ReallyGetsAround with his penis]]. Yes, he was also very popular with the ladies, almost to the point of a real-life JamesBond Franchise/JamesBond (and coincidentally, another intelligence officer he worked with on occasion was none other than IanFleming).
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In the 1950s Dahl finally earned lasting fame as a writer of suspenseful BlackComedy magazine short stories for adults, later collected into the book and TV series ''Literature/TalesOfTheUnexpected'', earning him the title of "Master of the Macabre" on both sides of the Atlantic. His short stories were also adapted to episodes of ''Series/AlfredHitchcockPresents''. In his increasingly rare spare time, he wrote the screenplays for the Creator/JamesBond film ''Film/YouOnlyLiveTwice'' and ''Film/ChittyChittyBangBang'', both adaptations of books by his good friend Creator/IanFleming.

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In the 1950s Dahl finally earned lasting fame as a writer of suspenseful BlackComedy magazine short stories for adults, later collected into the book and TV series ''Literature/TalesOfTheUnexpected'', earning him the title of "Master of the Macabre" on both sides of the Atlantic. His short stories were also adapted to episodes of ''Series/AlfredHitchcockPresents''. In his increasingly rare spare time, he wrote the screenplays for the Creator/JamesBond ''Film/JamesBond'' film ''Film/YouOnlyLiveTwice'' and ''Film/ChittyChittyBangBang'', both adaptations of books by his good friend Creator/IanFleming.
4th Mar '16 3:55:16 AM Kahran042
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* HumansAreBastards and HumansAreMorons: Dahl had a rather cynical way of looking at people. Characters like Mrs. Trunchbull, Matilda's parents (''Literature/{{Matilda}}''), the parents and children whom Charlie and his uncle have to compete with (''Literature/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory''), Henry Sugar (''The Wonderful Story Of Henry Sugar''), James's aunts (''Literature/JamesAndTheGiantPeach''), Captain Lancaster (''Literature/FantasticMrFox''), Mr. and Mrs. Twit (''Literature/TheTwits''), George's grandmother (''Literature/GeorgesMarvelousMedicine''), the giants (''Literature/TheBFG''), the witches (''Literature/TheWitches''), ... are all despicable buffoonish beings who love to torment other people.

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* HumansAreBastards and HumansAreMorons: Dahl had a rather cynical way of looking at people. Characters like Mrs. Trunchbull, Matilda's parents (''Literature/{{Matilda}}''), the parents and children whom Charlie and his uncle grandfather have to compete with (''Literature/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory''), Henry Sugar (''The Wonderful Story Of Henry Sugar''), James's aunts (''Literature/JamesAndTheGiantPeach''), Captain Lancaster (''Literature/FantasticMrFox''), (''Literature/DannyTheChampionOfTheWorld''), Mr. and Mrs. Twit (''Literature/TheTwits''), George's grandmother (''Literature/GeorgesMarvelousMedicine''), the giants (''Literature/TheBFG''), the witches (''Literature/TheWitches''), ... are all despicable buffoonish beings who love to torment other people.
3rd Mar '16 8:05:28 AM Kalmbach
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Dahl himself grew up to have quite the exciting life. After graduation he went to fulfill his military service in Africa, where he became an AcePilot for the Royal Air Force during WorldWarTwo. C. S. Forester (author of the Horatio Hornblower series) asked Dahl to write down his account of his survival after a desert crash, with the understanding that Forester would edit it into a proper magazine article. Dahl did as asked -- and Forester refused to change a word. In fact, he encouraged Dahl to publish it under his own name. Thus began Dahl's career as a writer.

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Dahl himself grew up to have quite the exciting life. After graduation he went to fulfill his military service in Africa, where he became an AcePilot for the Royal Air Force during WorldWarTwo. C. S. Forester (author of the Horatio Hornblower series) asked Dahl to write down his account of his survival after a desert crash, with the understanding that Forester would edit it into a proper magazine article. Dahl did as asked -- and Forester refused to change a word. In fact, he encouraged Dahl to publish it under his own name. Thus began Dahl's career as a writer.
writer. Dahl was later assigned to cover the British ground forces in Greece, where his squadron fought valiantly against long odds and he was shot down. The second crash injured his back and left him with recurring headaches that eliminated him from flight duty.
3rd Mar '16 7:31:45 AM Kalmbach
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Although Dahl's flying career was ended by the crash, his military service was not. He found himself assigned as Assistant Air Attache to the British Embassy in Washington DC. While there, his natural charm and ability with words and conversation got him a second, unofficial position with the British Security Co-Ordination, an office officially meant to [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin coordinate security i.e. counterespionage with the United States]], but actually a quasi-espionage organization in itself, giving the British Government an inside view of American political activity, tracking down and discrediting pro-Nazi individuals, groups, and businesses, and working to make sure the United States maintained its commitment to assisting the British in their war effort. Dahl's part in this was to hobnob with [[FranklinDRoosevelt the president and his wife]], a young congressman named LyndonJohnson, and other notables, sometimes [[ReallyGetsAround with his penis]]. Yes, he was also very popular with the ladies, almost to the point of a real-life JamesBond (and coincidentally, another intelligence officer he worked with on occasion was none other than IanFleming).
28th Feb '16 7:48:14 PM Shoebox
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His works for adults are almost universally cynical and pessimistic about human nature; his works for children take the same attitude to a whole other level, featuring arrogant, wicked and/or just plain mean adults who menace innocent youngsters (or, in a couple of memorable cases, fuzzy little animals) more or less [[ForTheEvulz just because they can]]. Sometimes these are traditional boogeymen (e.g., The Grand High Witch in ''Literature/TheWitches'', the Giants in ''Literature/TheBFG''), but more often they're simply irredeemably ugly, dense and all-around vile grownups. Just how irredeemable is spelled out in exquisite detail on almost every page.

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His works for adults are almost universally cynical and pessimistic about human nature; his works for children take the same attitude to a whole other level, featuring arrogant, wicked and/or just plain mean adults who menace innocent youngsters (or, in a couple of memorable cases, fuzzy little animals) more or less [[ForTheEvulz just because they can]]. Sometimes these are traditional boogeymen (e.g., The Grand High Witch in ''Literature/TheWitches'', the Giants in ''Literature/TheBFG''), but more often they're simply irredeemably ugly, dense and all-around vile grownups. Just how irredeemable is spelled out in exquisite detail on almost every page.
28th Feb '16 7:47:12 PM Shoebox
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'''Roald Dahl''' is a Norwegian-British author (1916-1990) most famous for his distinctively dark but often whimsical children's novels and poetry collections, though he started out as a writer of short stories for adults. His style is exemplified by BlackComedy, and as a result the stories contain a good deal of more-than-usually sophisticated NightmareFuel. The fact that his target audience has been happily lapping all this up for decades now seems to imply that many people, especially kids, actually ''like'' to be terrified (hey, it works for ''Series/DoctorWho'').

Dahl had quite an exciting life. As a school child he enjoyed spending summers with his family in Norway, while reading novels and eating sweets and candy in his native Great Britain. One of his trademarks is his [[AuthorAppeal love of nostalgia]] for his own childhood (with which he generally manages to avoid alienating his younger readers) and his great love of FoodPorn. Almost all of the {{happy ending}}s in his work revolve, in some way, around food... although many of them [[BittersweetEnding aren't exactly happy]]. He had less wonderful memories about the [[BoardingSchoolOfHorrors headmasters at his school terrorizing, humiliating and caning pupils]] as was common in those days, as mentioned in his autobiographical novel ''Boy''. His not-unreasonable conclusion that all HumansAreBastards would inspire a lot of his later stories.

His works for adults are almost universally cynical and pessimistic about human nature; his works for children take the same attitude to a whole other level, featuring arrogant, wicked and/or just plain mean adults who menace innocent young children (or, in a couple of memorable cases, fuzzy little animals) more or less [[ForTheEvulz just because they can]]. Sometimes these are traditional boogeymen (e.g., The Grand High Witch in ''Literature/TheWitches'', the Giants in ''Literature/TheBFG''), but more often they're simply irredeemably vile and/or stupid grownups. Just how irredeemable is spelled out in exquisite detail on almost every page.

All of this would also be following BeautyEqualsGoodness pretty closely if most of his small heroes and heroines weren't themselves deliberately very average-looking. They're also in large part {{Aesop}}-proof being already the shining heroes of the piece simply by first recognizing and then refusing to give into the nastiness around them. They succeed in foiling the bad guys by virtue of their already-innate goodness, intelligence, and/or resourcefulness. If you're starting to suspect that there were very few grey areas in Dahl's POV, you're right.

After graduation Dahl went to fulfill his military service in Africa, where he became an AcePilot for the Royal Air Force during WorldWarTwo. C. S. Forester (author of the Horatio Hornblower series) asked Dahl to write down his account of his survival after a desert crash, with the understanding that Forester would edit it into a proper magazine article. Dahl did as asked -- and Forester refused to change a word. In fact, he encouraged Dahl to publish it under his own name. Thus began Dahl's career as a writer.

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'''Roald Dahl''' is a Norwegian-British author (1916-1990) most famous for his distinctively dark but often whimsical children's novels and poetry collections, though he started out as a writer of short stories for adults. His style is exemplified by BlackComedy, and as a result the stories contain a good deal of more-than-usually sophisticated NightmareFuel. The fact that his target audience has been happily lapping all this up for decades now seems to imply that many people, especially kids, actually ''like'' to be terrified (hey, it works for ''Series/DoctorWho'').

Dahl had quite an exciting life. As His style is exemplified by BlackComedy, and as a school child he enjoyed spending summers with result even his family in Norway, while reading novels and eating sweets and candy in his native Great Britain. One juvenile stories contain a good deal of his trademarks is more-than-usually sophisticated NightmareFuel. The fact that said young target audience has been happily lapping all this up for decades now seems to imply that many kids actually ''like'' to be terrified (hey, it works for ''Series/DoctorWho'').

Trademarks include
his [[AuthorAppeal love of nostalgia]] for his own childhood (with which he generally manages to avoid alienating his younger readers) and his great love of FoodPorn. Almost all of the {{happy ending}}s in his work revolve, in some way, around food... although many of them [[BittersweetEnding aren't exactly happy]]. He had less wonderful memories about the [[BoardingSchoolOfHorrors headmasters at his school terrorizing, humiliating and caning pupils]] as was common in those days, as mentioned in his autobiographical novel ''Boy''. His not-unreasonable conclusion that all HumansAreBastards would inspire a lot of his later stories.

His works for adults are almost universally cynical and pessimistic about human nature; his works for children take the same attitude to a whole other level, featuring arrogant, wicked and/or just plain mean adults who menace innocent young children youngsters (or, in a couple of memorable cases, fuzzy little animals) more or less [[ForTheEvulz just because they can]]. Sometimes these are traditional boogeymen (e.g., The Grand High Witch in ''Literature/TheWitches'', the Giants in ''Literature/TheBFG''), but more often they're simply irredeemably ugly, dense and all-around vile and/or stupid grownups. Just how irredeemable is spelled out in exquisite detail on almost every page.

All of this It would also be following BeautyEqualsGoodness pretty closely if a case of BeautyEqualsGoodness, except that most of his small heroes and heroines weren't are themselves deliberately very average-looking. pretty average. They're also in large part {{Aesop}}-proof being already by virtue of their ''already''-innate goodness, intelligence, and/or resourcefulness. They generally succeed in foiling the shining heroes of the piece bad guys simply by first recognizing and then refusing to give into rising above the relentless nastiness and/or or stupidity around them. They succeed in foiling the bad guys by virtue of their already-innate goodness, intelligence, and/or resourcefulness.them. If you're starting to suspect that there were very few grey areas in Dahl's POV, you're right.

Dahl himself grew up to have quite the exciting life. After graduation Dahl he went to fulfill his military service in Africa, where he became an AcePilot for the Royal Air Force during WorldWarTwo. C. S. Forester (author of the Horatio Hornblower series) asked Dahl to write down his account of his survival after a desert crash, with the understanding that Forester would edit it into a proper magazine article. Dahl did as asked -- and Forester refused to change a word. In fact, he encouraged Dahl to publish it under his own name. Thus began Dahl's career as a writer.



Dahl's personal life was far less lucky. He was married for many years to Oscar-winning actress Patricia Neal. They had five children; Olivia, the oldest died of measles at age 7. When Neal tragically suffered burst cerebral aneurysms the diagnosis was that she would never walk or talk again. Dahl wouldn't hear of this, and personally took control of her rehabilitation. Over the next few years he, for want of a better word, bullied her back to health. He was also known for being [[TheCasanova an utterly shameless womaniser]], yet suffered from back problems ever since his plane crash. Most controversially (and the obvious reason why he never received a knighthood or other official UK honours, other than an OBE which he turned down as he wanted his wife to be Lady Dahl) he was also quite the anti-Semite:

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Dahl's personal life was far less lucky.lucky, and considerably more complex. He was married for many years to Oscar-winning actress Patricia Neal. They had five children; Olivia, the oldest oldest, died of measles at age 7. When Dahl was [[TheCasanova an utterly shameless womaniser]], but when Neal tragically suffered burst cerebral aneurysms the diagnosis was and told that she would never walk or talk again. again Dahl wouldn't hear of this, it, and personally took control of her rehabilitation. Over the next few years he, for want of a better word, bullied her back to health. He was also known for being [[TheCasanova an utterly shameless womaniser]], yet suffered from back problems ever since his plane crash.

Most controversially (and the obvious reason why he never received a knighthood or other official UK honours, other than an OBE which he turned down as he wanted his wife to be Lady Dahl) he was also quite the anti-Semite:
27th Feb '16 3:48:42 PM Aquila89
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Dahl's personal life was far less lucky. He was married for many years to Oscar-winning actress Patricia Neal. When she tragically suffered burst cerebral aneurysms the diagnosis was that she would never walk or talk again. Dahl wouldn't hear of this, and personally took control of her rehabilitation. Over the next few years he, for want of a better word, bullied her back to health. He was also known for being [[TheCasanova an utterly shameless womaniser]], yet suffered from back problems ever since his plane crash. Most controversially (and the obvious reason why he never received a knighthood or other official UK honours, other than an OBE which he turned down as he wanted his wife to be Lady Dahl) he was also quite the anti-Semite:

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Dahl's personal life was far less lucky. He was married for many years to Oscar-winning actress Patricia Neal. They had five children; Olivia, the oldest died of measles at age 7. When she Neal tragically suffered burst cerebral aneurysms the diagnosis was that she would never walk or talk again. Dahl wouldn't hear of this, and personally took control of her rehabilitation. Over the next few years he, for want of a better word, bullied her back to health. He was also known for being [[TheCasanova an utterly shameless womaniser]], yet suffered from back problems ever since his plane crash. Most controversially (and the obvious reason why he never received a knighthood or other official UK honours, other than an OBE which he turned down as he wanted his wife to be Lady Dahl) he was also quite the anti-Semite:
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