Just three days ago was “Roald Dahl Day” as the famous children’s author was born on September 13th.
Born in Wales to Norwegian parents, Dahl served in the Royal Air Force during World War II.
His first piece of paid writing told of one of his adventures as a fighter pilot entitled “Shot Down over Libya” and was published in the Saturday Evening Post on August 1, 1942. For reasons of military security, Roald Dahl was not allowed to identify himself or his fighting unit, so the article appeared anonymously. However, the success encouraged him to continue writing and he went on to first write the lesser-known The Gremlins, then James and the Giant Peach and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
Interestingly, another famous children’s author, Antoine de Saint Exupéry, was also shot down in the Libyan Desert during World War II, and his near death experience inspired the novella, The Little Prince.
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