Roald Dahl, 1916 – 1990

September 13, 1916 – Birthdate of Roald Dahl, British novelist, short story writer, poet, screenwriter (d. 1990)

Dahl is well-known for his popular children’s novels, including Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach and Matilda.

Among his awards for contribution to literature, he received  the World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement in 1983, and Children’s Author of the Year from the British Book Awards in 1990. In 2008, The Times placed Dahl 16th on its list of “The 50 greatest British writers since 1945”.

Roald Dahl was born in 1916 at Villa Marie, Fairwater Road, in Llandaff, Cardiff, to Norwegian parents, Harald Dahl and Sofie Magdalene Dahl (néeHesselberg).  Dahl’s father had emigrated to Britain from Sarpsborg, Norway, and settled in Cardiff in the 1880s. His mother came over and married his father in 1911. Dahl was named after the polar explorer Roald Amundsen, a Norwegian national hero.

Dahl married American actress Patricia Neal on July 2, 1953 at Trinity Church in New York City.  (July 2nd also happens to be my own wedding anniversary date) Their marriage lasted for 30 years and they had five children.

The set of 6 stamps shown here were issued by the Royal Mail on January 10, 2012 and feature his most popular books with cartoon illustrations.



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