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.
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- Diane Gardner Premo, SILS, SUNY-Buffalo
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