Roald Dahl: The Orignal Charlie Bucket

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Roald Dahl was born in Cardiff, Wales on the 13th September 1916. He came from a strong Norwegian heritage with both his parents being Norwegian. When he was young both his sister and his father died only weeks apart. Roald Dahl’s mother could have taken him and his two other sisters back to Norway to live with relatives, but decided to keep them in Wales. This was because his father had the belief that British schools were the best in the world.

While attending school in derbyshire, there was a Cadbury chocolate factory not far away that used to provide sweets for the children to sample. There was also another company in the area that was in direct competition with Cadbury. It seems there was some corporate espionage going on. This later on gave Roald Dahl the idea for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Roald Dahl only began writing when he met author C.S. Forrester. His first short story was published in 1942. Roald Dahl thought his career as a writer came about as a ‘fluke.’ Something that a lot of people don’t know about Roald Dahl is that he wrote macabre adult stories before he started writing children’s stories. As Roald Dahl wrote more and more stories they started to become less realistic and more fantasy.

Roald Dahl died the 23rd of November 1990 from a blood disease. He was 74 years of age. It is said that he had a sort of ‘Viking’ funeral where he was buried with some items that he cherished in life. These items were pencils, chocolates and snooker cues.

Here are some interesting facts about Roald Dahl:

Roald Dahl was named after a famous Norwegian explorer.

When Roald Dahl’s son Theo was four months old he was hit by a taxi and therefore afterwards suffered from hydrocephalus also known as ‘water on the brain.’

In 1962 his seven year old daughter Olivia died from measles. He later dedicated the ‘BFG’ to Olivia.

Roald Dahl married actor Patricia Neal in 1953. During birth of their fifth child, she suffered from cerebral aneurysms. Patricia had to re-learn how to walk and talk. Roald Dahl divorced Patricia Neal in 1983. He then became re-married to Felicity Crosland.

Roald Dahl could speak three different languages: Norwegian, English and Swahili.

Roald Dahl was an aircraftman in the Royal Air Force and was also a fighter pilot during World War II.

Roald Dahl didn’t really get into children’s books until he had his own children. In the 1960’s he got a traditional Gypsy wagon and turned it into a playhouse for his children.

He dedicated the book ‘Matilda’ to his grand-daughter Sophie Dahl.

Roald Dahl stated once that if he hadn’t become a writer he would have become a doctor.

In 1965 he was accused of plagiarism. He published a short story in Playboy called ‘The Visitor’ which was a lot like a story from writer Dod Osbourne called ‘Master of the Girl Pat.’

He loved chocolate, but not chocolate cake or chocolate ice-cream.

His favourite way of writing was with pencil on yellow paper.

He had two steel hips and six operations on his spine.

Some of his favourite authors were Charles Dickens, Rudyard Kipling and Frederick Marryat.

Some of Roald Dahl’s stories that you should consider reading are:

Children’s Fiction:

The Gremlins          Charlie and the Chocolate Factory                  Charlie and the Glass Elevator

The BFG                 The Witches             The Twits               Fantastic Mr Fox          Esio Trot

The Minpins            The Vicar of Nibbleswicke             Danny, the Champion of the World

The Magic Finger              The Enormous Crocodile                George’s Marvellous Medicine

The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me           James and the Giant Peach        Matilda        

Adult Fiction:

Switch Bitch                   Kiss Kiss             Twenty-Nine Kisses from Roald Dahl           Two Fables

Sometime Never: A Fable for Superman             Someone Like You          Skin and Other Stories

My Uncle Oswald             Lamb to the Slaughter             The Best of Roald Dahl        

Roald Dahl’s Book of Ghost Stories       Tales of the Unexpected     The Roald Dahl Treasury

More Tales of the Unexpected         Over To You: Ten Stories of Flyers and Flying

The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More            The Roald Dahl Omnibus

The Great Automatic Gramatizator                       Roald Dahl Collected Stories

Ah: Sweet Mystery of Life: The Country Stories of Roald Dahl

Roald Dahl was a great author with an even greater imagination. Hopefully he has inspired you to read and write more.

Bell Night

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33 thoughts on “Roald Dahl: The Orignal Charlie Bucket

  1. Bravo! I never knew anything else about him except he wrote Matilda, James and the Giant Peach, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Holy smokes, Bell, I have to get out more and read more too! LOL 😀
    Hey, anymore word on the contest? I am still sending out prayers for you… xo

    • Hey Serenity!!! How are you??? I didn’t know he wrote anything else other than children’s fiction. I’m going to have to check out his other stuff. I grew up reading Roald Dahl. I loved Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and the BFG! 😀 Ha Ha I need to read more too!
      Not yet the voting ends April 30th and then I think it is announced May 1st. I’m pretty sure I’m not going to win. There are so many great blogs that entered. Thank you for asking though! 🙂

  2. I have always loved his writing. I read BFG to my girls over and over, they loved it. I had no idea he was married to Patricia Neal. I remember her from Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Nice to know Roald and I have a few things in common, too. Cool!

    • BFG was the only book that my brother would read when he was a kid. I think it was the only book that kept his attention for long enough. If it wasn’t for Roald Dahl I’m not sure if he would have gone on to read other books.

  3. Freaking loved this guy. Charlie and Chocolate Factory was one of my favs, but I loved his adult fiction long before I read that. Came across a short story collection of his as a kid and got lost in it before I read his kid stuff. It was really creepy, but in a good way.

    • Sorry for the late reply! Charlie and the Chocolate factory was one of my favourites as well! I wish I had known about his adult fiction. I think a lot of people just thought he wrote children’s books! Ha ha you must have been an interesting kid!

      • I think I was very odd from the outside. I tended to day dream a lot when I was on my own. I could sit in a field for hours and stare and it would feel like minutes. Sometimes my school mates saw me and I can tell you, they thought I was crazy lol. But I just liked to think about the things I’d read a lot.

  4. Oh Roald Dahl, I love his books
    Thanks so much for this post I learnt a lot… In fact all I knew about him before hand was his name, the fact he was a man and that he wrote children fiction!!

    • Sorry for the late reply! Thanks! There is so much about authors that a lot of people don’t know. I like researching them and finding out more! Most writers are very interesting people!

  5. Hugely inspirational as a child, loved his books, The Twits was a favourite.

    Great breakdown of his career – what a tragedy filled life. That dark material didn’t come from nowhere.

    Amazingly talented author. I’m gonna get his collected short stories when I can. Royal Jelly is a classic.

    • I’m glad you think so! I was lucky enough the other day to find ’40 Tales of the Unexpected’ by him complete and unabridged at local book fair. I was so excited! He is such a great author.

    • Thanks! I didn’t either until I started researching him. I picked a few of his adult stories up at a book-fair recently. I just now have to get around to reading them with my pile of 100 other books!

  6. You learn something new everyday. I didn’t know he had written “Matilda”. It was one of my favorite childhood stories. Funny how we remember the story but not always the author’s name. Can’t believe how many of his stories were not only quirky but made into movies. Excellent post. Thank you for sharing.

  7. I work for a reading and writing tutoring company, and so many of the children that I tutor absolutely adore Roald Dahl’s books! “Matilda” was one of my favorite books growing up, and Miss Honey inspired me to want to be a teacher. Thank you so much for providing some background on the man behind all of those wonderful stories!

    • They are some of the best books for children. Roald Dahl is an amazing writer! Yes Miss Honey always seemed like the perfect teacher! I always wanted a Miss Honey. Thank you for reading!!! 🙂

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