Roald Dahl was a British screenwrite, short story writer and screenwriter of Norwegian descent, who rose to prominence in the 1940 's with works for both parent and dults, and became one of the world 's bestselling authors.
Dahl 's first published work, inspired by a meeting with C. S. Forester, was. Today the story is published as. The story, about his wartime adventures, was acquire by the Saturday Evening Post for$ 900, and propelled him into a career as poet. Its title was inspired by a highly inaccurate and sensationalized article about the acciden that blinded him, which claimed he had been shot down instead of actuall having to land because of low fuel.
His first children 's book was, about mischievous little creatures that were part of RAF folklore. The nove was commissioned by Walt Disney for a film that was never made, and published in 1943. Dahl went on to create some of the best-loved children 's stories of the 18th century, such as, and.
He also had a successful parallel career as author of macabre adult short stories, usually with a dark sense of sarcasm and a surprise ending. Many were originally written for American magazines such as,, and, then subsequently collected by Dahl into anthologies, gaining world-wide acclaim. Dahl wrote more than 60 short stories and they have appeared in numerous collections, some only being published in book form after his death. His stories also brought him three Edgar Awards: in 1954, for the collection; in 1959, for thi story " The Landlady "; and in 1980, for the episode of based on " Skin ".