Storyteller: The Authorized Biography of Roald Dahl

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Simon and Schuster, Sep 13, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 672 pages
Now in paperback—Donald Sturrock’s Storyteller is “a major literary biography…packed with intimate details, sharply intelligent commentary, and surprising revelations” (The Washington Post) of one of the greatest writers in the twentieth century, whose work still delights millions around the world today.

A single-minded adventurer and an eternal child who gave us the iconic Willy Wonka and Matilda Wormwood, Roald Dahl lived a life filled with incident, drama and adventure: from his harrowing experiences as an RAF fighter pilot and his work in British intelligence, to his many romances and turbulent marriage to the actress Patricia Neal, to the mental anguish caused by the death of his young daughter Olivia. In Storyteller, the first authorized biography of Dahl, Donald Sturrock—granted unprecedented access to the Dahl estate’s archives—draws on personal correspondence, journals and interviews with family members and famous friends to deliver a masterful, witty and incisive look at one of the greatest authors and eccentric characters of the modern age, whose work still delights millions around the world today.
 

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STORYTELLER: The Authorized Biography of Roald Dahl

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Comprehensive, authoritative biography of Roald Dahl (1916-1990).Sturrock, a filmmaker who worked with his subject on two documentaries in the 1980s and is now artistic director of the Roald Dahl ... Read full review

Contents

Lunch with Igor Stravinsky
1
Shutting Out the Sun
28
Foul Things and Horrid People
64
Distant Faraway Lands
93
A Monumental Bash on the Head
122
David and Goliath
139
Alive but Earthbound
156
A Sort ofFairy Story
174
TheMasteroftheMacabre
313
ATornadoofTroubles
356
BreakingPoint
386
Indomitable
413
TheGentleWarmthofLove
449
ExplosionsAreExciting
482
TheWizardandtheWonderman
518
NoPointin Struggling
549

Secrets and Lies
205
The ScholarGypsy
249
ThePoacher
282
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
569
BIBLIOGRAPHY
625
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