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Roald Dahl: 5 Things You Didn’t Know / Literature
Born in Wales and named after one of the most celebrated explorers in Norwegian history, Roald Dahl was one of the most versatile English writers of the 20th century. He may be best known today for his enormously popular contributions to children's literature (such as Matilda, The BFG, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and James and the Giant Peach), but he also wrote the screenplays to two adaptations of Ian Fleming novels (You Only Live Twice and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang), and he wrote some five dozen short stories for the likes of Colliers, Harpers, The New Yorker, and Playboy, to name a few. Yet, no matter who his audience was, Dahl did one thing as well as, or better than, any of his contemporaries: He knew how to end a story in a way the reader could never anticipate.
We present five things you didn’t know about Roald Dahl.
1- Roald Dahl went to school next to a chocolate factory
The first thing you didn’t know about Roald Dahl is that he was the original Charlie Bucket.
Well, kind of. In his autobiography Boy: Tales of Childhood, Dahl relates how he attended Repton School in Derbyshire, which was close to a local Cadbury factory. It wasn’t uncommon for Cadbury representatives...