The Life and Works of Roald Dahl: A Timeline

Divya Murthy

Roald Dahl was a British novelist, short-story writer, poet, screenwriter and a fighter pilot. Born in 1916 to Norwegian parents, he went on to attend all-male boarding schools wherein a lot of the bizarre incidents and memorable experiences he makes up in his books come from.

Some of his most famous books for children include Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, (which was later adapted fro the movie Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory) Matilda, the BFG and Fantastic Mr. Fox. This January marks the 54th anniversary of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, which spawned the creation of the fantastical delicacies and chocolates and Wonka bars even outside the book and movie.

Regarded as one of the best storytellers for children’s books, Roald Dahl was one among the 50 greatest British writers since 1945 by The Times U.K.