Roald Dahl was born 100 years ago today

Roald Dahl was born 100 years ago today

It happened on September 13, 1916 so today it does 100 years since Roald Dahl was born, British writer of works for both children and adults. His best known books are "Matilda", "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory", "The witches" y "Tale of the unexpected", among many others.

Was prolific author because he could write everything: poetry for children, prose, short stories, autobiographical works, theater and even film scripts.

Life and work

As we said earlier he was a British writer but his the origin was Norwegian, a country where he would spend a large part of his childhood vacations.

His life was not easy: his father died when he was only 3 years old, 3 weeks after his sister Astri also died of appendicitis; he received a strict, unrewarding English education (it was his own father's wish that he be educated in English and not Norwegian schools); failed in studies; participated in World War II as an aviator, where he was hit and shot down in his plane causing so serious injuries that he was sent home; Once married to the American actress Patricia Neal, his daughter Olivia died with only 7 years of encephalitis and Theo, his son, suffered a traffic accident that would cause hydrocephalus.

He died in 1990 in the city of Oxford, for leukemia.

Notable works

If we started to name each and every one of the works that Roald Dahl wrote, we would not end, so we leave you with the most notable and significant ones, those that made him known not only as a writer but also that we continue to remember him today, 100 years later. of his birth:

  • "Danny, the world champion"
  • "The magic finger"
  • "Matilda, the story of a girl in love with books"
  • "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory"
  • Boy
  • "Flying"
  • "What disgusting bugs"
  • "The super fox"
  • "Jorge's wonderful medicine"
  • "The great good-natured giant"
  • "Tales in verse for wicked children"
  • "The vicar who spoke backwards"
  • "My year"
  • "The Mimpis"
  • "Agu Trot"

"Charlie and the Chocolate Factory"

Roald Dahl was born 100 years ago today - Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

It is the author's best known book and part of the "fault" is the film that was made about it. The book was published in 1964, more than 13 million copies all over the world and was translated into a total of 32 languages. But it was not until 2005 that the film director Tim Burton He noticed the greatness of this literary work. A whole lesson for both the youngest and the oldest.


A child who lives in poverty, in a house with only two rooms, with his parents and grandparents, always receives a single chocolate bar for his birthday. Next to his house, a large chocolate factory raffles a guided tour and five bars to whoever finds the prize in one of the wrappers.

Roald Dahl Phrases and Short Quotes

  • Vampires are always men. And the same goes for goblins. And both are dangerous. But neither of us is half as dangerous as a real witch. "
  • "It doesn't matter what you are or look like, as long as someone loves you."
  • Everything in this room is edible. Even I am. But that would be cannibalism, dear children, and it is frowned upon in most societies. ("Charlie and the Chocolate Factory").
  • He who does not believe in magic will never find it.
  • "An autobiography is a book that a person writes about his own life and is usually full of all sorts of boring details."
  • "If you plan to get anywhere in life, you have to read a lot of books."
  • "Adults are creatures full of whims and secrets."
  • «In the world there is nothing worse than sitting in front of a television. In fact, it would be highly recommended to remove this abominable thing altogether. " ("Charlie and the Chocolate Fable").
  • Don't forget that witches have magic in their fingers and devilish power in their blood. They can make rocks jump like frogs and make tongues of fire pass over the surface of the water. These magical powers are terrifying. Fortunately, there are not a large number of witches in the world today. But there are still enough to scare you. ("The witches")

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