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Roald Dahl, A Biography

Treglown, Jeremy

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ISBN 10: 0374251304 / ISBN 13: 9780374251307
Published by Farrar Straus Giroux, New York, 1994
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Fine copy in a fine dust jacket, as new. In this first full length biography, the author tells the story of Dahl's adventurous, myth making life from childhood on, and traces the author's literary career from its beginnings in wartime propaganda in the early 1940's, his New Yorker stories and Hollywood screenplays, through his move into writing for children. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 9919

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Title: Roald Dahl, A Biography

Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux, New York

Publication Date: 1994

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: First Edition.

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Provides an incisive, unauthorized biography of one of the world's most popular authors, discussing his youth, his early life as a wartime propagandist, his tormented marriage to actress Patricia Neal, his writing, and more. 15,000 first printing.

From Kirkus Reviews:

In this brief and insightful biography, Treglown (Ed., TLS, 1982-90) probes the dark and volatile nature of this postmodern Pied Piper whose macabre tales bewitched millions of children and their parents, earned fortunes for his publishers, and redefined the genre of children's literature. Treglown tactfully rescues Dahl (1916-90) from his quarrelsome heirs in an unauthorized biography that is respectful of his genius and energy and truthful about his faults: his tyrannical nature, cupidity, dishonesty, and bad temper. He traces Dahl's circuitous route from RAF fighter pilot to author of children's books, then of adult stories in magazines, films such as You Only Live Twice and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and then the immensely popular books, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and James and the Giant Peach, as well as others Treglown sensitively explicates, revealing their biographical sources. In 1953 he married actress Patricia Neal and began a stormy 30-year marriage torn by transatlantic allegiances, conflicting careers and personalities, and tragedies: their only son was brain-damaged after his pram was struck by a taxi; their daughter died from a fever; and Neal herself suffered a massive stroke at the height of her career. Dahl did his best work--The Twits, The Witches, his memoirs--when he married the more orderly Felicity and could concentrate on the ``business'' of being Dahl, a marketable writer in a profitable field facing off TV, rapacious publishers, and a new generation of politically correct parents for whom he was supposed to censor his imagination and tailor his expression. The enigma of Dahl himself, like the elusive charm of the tales, survives even this fine analysis. -- Copyright ©1994, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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