Notes on the life and works of Roald Dahl

Timeline1916 Roald Dahl born September 13, 1916 in Llandaff.1920 Sister Astri dies of appendicitis at the age of seven. A few months later Dahl’s father, Harald Dahl, dies. 1923-1929 Enters Llandaff Cathedral School, St Peters school (Weston Super mare) and Repton Public School in Derby. 1934-1939 Graduates from Repton. Accepts position with Shell Oil Company in London. 4 years later, begins working in Shell’s branch office in East Africa. 1939 Joins Royal Air Force.

Learns to fly fighter plane in Kenya. 1940 Suffers serious injuries as result of plane crash in Libya. Spends several months in military hospital in Egypt. Soon recovers. 1942 Begins working at British Embassy in Washington. “Shot Down Over Libya” appears in Saturday Evening Post in August. 1943 First published book.

1944 Dahl secures literary agent, Ann Watkins, and short stories begin to be published in American magazines. 1945 Moves back to England to be near mother Sofie.1948 Begins dividing his time between England and New York City. 1953 Marries Patricia Neal.1955 Daughter Olivia born.1957 Daughter Tessa born.1960 Son, Theo born. Later baby’s carriage is hit by taxi in New York, causing massive head injuries. 1962 Daughter Olivia dies of measles.1964 Daughter Ophelia born.1965 Patricia Neal suffers three massive strokes and returns home three months later. Daughter Lucy Neal born. 1967 Dahl’s mother dies.1979 Separates from Patricia Neal and 4 years later divorces her to marry Felicity Crosland. 1990 Roald Dahl dies in Oxford.

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