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Roald Dahl: A Biography Paperback – June 5, 1995


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Mariner Books (June 5, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0156001993
  • ISBN-13: 978-0156001991
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,026,303 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

British writer Treglown offers his portrait of the complicated, often ruthless author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
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From Library Journal

Treglown, a former editor of The Times Literary Supplement , has written an honest yet deferential biography of one of the most important children's authors ever ( Charlie and the Chocolate Factory ; James and the Giant Peach ) . Born in England to Norwegian parents, Dahl (1916-90) was a difficult and opinionated man whose life was riddled with tragedy, including the early deaths of his father and one of his daughters and the strokes of Patricia Neal, his wife of nearly 30 years. Although Dahl achieved success through his novels, stories, and screenplays, he found his niche in writing for children. His tales were sometimes criticized as too gruesome, yet they remain hugely popular with children because they unflinchingly confront childhood demons and fears. Treglown draws extensively from interviews with Dahl's family and a wealth of correspondence. This excellent portrait of one of modern literature's most creative minds is highly recommended.
- Diane Gardner Premo, SILS, SUNY-Buffalo
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs Julanda Meyer on January 19, 2013
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Very well researched and written, this biography paints a picture of a complex man and writer who wasn't always so effortlessly successful as one imagines. I really enjoyed the personal detail, especially of his writing career
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Delia W. on June 18, 2013
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A wonderful read. A must for anyone interested in Dahl. Brilliantly researched, beautifully written. Literary biography at its very best.
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5 of 18 people found the following review helpful By marie on December 10, 2000
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this biograhpy helped me learn more about this wonderful author, and see into the depths of Dahl's works.
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