Roald Dahl (1916-1990) was born in Wales of Norwegian
parents. He spent his childhood in England and, at age eighteen,
went to work for the Shell Oil Company in Africa. When World War II
broke out, he joined the Royal Air Force and became a fighter
pilot. At the age of twenty-six he moved to Washington, D.C., and
it was there he began to write. His first short story, which
recounted his adventures in the war, was bought by The Saturday
Evening Post, and so began a long and illustrious career.
After establishing himself as a writer for adults, Roald Dahl began writing children's stories in 1960 while living in England with his family. His first stories were written as entertainment for his own children, to whom many of his books are dedicated.
Roald Dahl is now considered one of the most beloved storytellers of our time. Although he passed away in 1990, his popularity continues to increase as his fantastic novels, including James and the Giant Peach, Matilda, The BFG, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, delight an ever-growing legion of fans.
Learn more about Roald Dahl on the official Roald Dahl Web site: www.roalddahl.com