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Roald Dahl by Jeremy Treglown

Roald Dahl by Jeremy Treglown

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Roald Dahl

A Biography

by Jeremy Treglown

Faber and Faber, 1995 [First PB Edition], ISBN 0571165729, black and white photographic plates, paperback

Very Good Condition, a little edge and shelf wear, a little rubbing and bumping to edges and corners, a little creasing to spine, no inscriptions, age toned edges (see photographs)

'One of the world's most popular authors, Roald Dahl still divides opinion.  Quite apart from the disputed merits of his books, he was a deeply contradictory man.  A war hero, a spy, a connoisseur, a philanthropist, a family man who had to confront an appalling succession of tragedies, Dahl was also a fantasist, a bully and a self-publicising troublemaker who attracted accusations of racism and misogyny.  Although he had a unique literary voice, he was not above taking credit for others' ideas.  And yet while many people detested him, many - some of them the same people - loved him and have good reason to be grateful to him.
In this first full biography, Jeremy Treglown tells the story of Dahl's adventurous, part tragic, myth-making life from childhood on, and traces the author's literary career from its beginnings in wartime propaganda in the early 1940s, though his (at first reluctant) move into writing for children, to his later, unequalled commercial success.  He has interviewed scores of Dahl's friends and acquaintances from all stages of his life, as well as members of the family, including his wife of thirty years, Patricia Neal, and two of their children.  He has also had access to Dahl's personal correspondence with his most influential patrons and publishers - among them, Walt Disney and Alfred Knopf."


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