Storyteller: The Authorized Biography of Roald Dahl

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McClelland & Stewart, Sep 7, 2010 - Authors, English - 672 pages
Anyone who ever wished as a child to meet Willy Wonka or hang out with the BFG will be fascinated to learn in this engrossing, authorized biography of the late Roald Dahl that his own life was far, far more strange than even his fiction. Twenty years after his death, Roald Dahl's bestselling stories continue to inspire and entertain children around the globe. But the man behind the stories remains an enigma. Despite his astonishing life as a Norwegian growing up in Wales, whose father died when he was just five, and as an ace fighter pilot, British intelligence agent, and husband for a while to one of Hollywood's top stars, Dahl nonetheless persistently embroidered the truth about himself, rewrote history, ignored reality, and defended his deep vulnerabilities with outlandish and wilfully provocative remarks. Facts bored him. As his authorized biographer, Donald Sturrock, a wonderful writer and careful researcher, has drawn on Dahl's many previously unexamined files and a vast body of unpublished letters for this nuanced and engrossing narrative of the storyteller's long, adventurous life. From the Hardcover edition.
 

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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

GUE Lunch with Igor Stravinsky
1
TWO Shutting Out the Sun
28
FOUR 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
N IN E A Sort of Fairy Story
174
The Master of the Macabre
313
A Tornado of Troubles
356
Breaking Point
386
SIXIEEN Indomitable
413
The Gentle Warmth of Love
449
EIGHTEEN Explosions Are Exciting
482
The Wizard and the Wonderman
518
No Point in Struggling
549

IEN Secrets and Lies
205
The ScholarGypsy
249
The Poacher
282
KNOWLED C MEN IS
569
BIBL10 GRAPHY
625
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DONALD STURROCK is an award-winning TV film producer and a librettist who has been the artistic director of the Roald Dahl Foundation since 1992. He grew up in England and South America, attended Oxford University, and joined BBC Television's Music and Arts Department in 1983. In 1995 Sturrock directed an acclaimed BBC television version of his own adaptation of Roald Dahl'sLittle Red Riding Hoodwith Danny DeVito, Ian Holm, and Julie Walters. In 1998, at the Los Angeles Opera, Sturrock also directed the world premiere ofFantastic Mr. Fox, an opera based on Dahl's book, adapted by Sturrock, and with designs by Gerald Scarfe. His children's operaKeepers of the Nightpremiered in Los Angeles in 2007.Storytelleris his first book.

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