Profile of the Day: Roald Dahl
Happy Roald Dahl Day! Today in 1916, author Roald Dahl was born in Lllandaff, Wales to Norwegian parents, Harald and Sofie Dahl. Dahl’s father had emigrated to the UK from Sarpsborg, Norway and settled in Cardiff in the 1880s. His mother came over and married his father in 1911. During World War I, he served in the Royal Air Force as a flying ace and intelligence officer, eventually rising to the rank of wing commander.
He rose to prominence in the 1940s with the popular novels The Gremlins, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, and James and the Giant Peach. His works captivated the imaginations of the young minds throughout the world. Not only is he one of the world’s best-selling authors, today he is often regarded as one of the greatest storytellers for children of the 20th century.
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