By Donald Sturrock
THE FIRST approved BIOGRAPHY OF ROALD DAHL, STORYTELLER IS A MASTERFUL, WITTY AND INCISIVE examine one of many maximum AUTHORS and whimsical CHARACTERS OF the fashionable AGE.
In his lifetime Roald Dahl driven children’s literature into uncharted territory, and this day his attractiveness all over the world keeps to develop, with hundreds of thousands of his books offered each year. however the guy in the back of the enthralling tales has remained mostly an enigma. A single-minded adventurer and an everlasting baby who gave us the long-lasting Willy Wonka and Matilda Wormwood, Dahl was once greater recognized in the course of his lifetime for his blunt evaluations on taboo subjects—he used to be referred to as an anti-Semite, a racist and a misogynist—than for his inventive genius. His wild mind's eye, darkish humor and linguistic attractiveness have been under totally preferred by means of critics and readers alike until eventually after his loss of life.
Granted remarkable entry to the Dahl estate’s remarkable archives—personal correspondence, journals and interviews with relatives and recognized friends—Donald Sturrock attracts on a wealth of formerly unpublished fabrics that trained Dahl’s writing and his lifestyles. It used to be a lifestyles choked with incident, drama and experience: from his harrowing reports as an RAF fighter pilot and his paintings in wartime intelligence, to his many romances and turbulent marriage to the actress Patricia Neal, to the psychological discomfort as a result of the dying of his younger daughter Olivia. Tracing a super but tempestuous ascent towards notoriety, Sturrock sheds new mild on Dahl’s want for controversy, his abrasive demeanour and his fascination for the grotesque and the macabre.
A outstanding biography of 1 of the world’s so much extraordinary writers, Storyteller is an intimate portrait of an intensely deepest guy hindered by way of actual soreness and haunted by way of relatives tragedy, and a well timed reexamination of Dahl’s lengthy and intricate literary occupation.
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