The Umbrella Man and Other Storiesby Roald Dahl
Before he was a world-renowned children's book writer, Roald Dahl was a master of short stories for adults. The thirteen tales collected here were specially selected for their appeal to teens, and they represent his finest work. By turns shocking, ironic, humorous, and touching, these stories are filled with bizarre twists and unexpected delights. This collection proves Roald Dahl's standing as one of the world's foremost storytellers.
"A baker's dozen of barbed, witty, obliquely macabre short stories . . . This sampler of Dahl's writing conveys a sense of his versatility."--Kirkus Reviews
Roald Dahl (1916-1990) is the author of the beloved children's books Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, and many others.
Meet the Author
Roald Dahl (1916-1990) was born in Wales of Norwegian parents. He spent his childhood in England and, at age eighteen, went to work for the Shell Oil Company in Africa. When World War II broke out, he joined the Royal Air Force and became a fighter pilot. At the age of twenty-six he moved to Washington, D.C., and it was there he began to write. His first short story, which recounted his adventures in the war, was bought by The Saturday Evening Post, and so began a long and illustrious career.
After establishing himself as a writer for adults, Roald Dahl began writing children’s stories in 1960 while living in England with his family. His first stories were written as entertainment for his own children, to whom many of his books are dedicated.
Roald Dahl is now considered one of the most beloved storytellers of our time. Although he passed away in 1990, his popularity continues to increase as his fantastic novels, including James and the Giant Peach, Matilda, The BFG, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, delight an ever-growing legion of fans.
Learn more about Roald Dahl on the official Roald Dahl Web site: www.roalddahl.com
- Date of Birth:
- September 13, 1916
- Date of Death:
- November 23, 1990
- Place of Birth:
- Llandaff, Wales, England
- Place of Death:
- Oxford, England
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Wonderful book. A shame that Barnes and Noble tool 20 days to deliver it, despite it being in stock.
This collection contains a variety of witty stories that won't disappoint.
This is a great collection of Dahl's short stories. Recommended for those who like Dahl's stories, with the touch of his way of writing.
This book is full of short, entertaining stories. Once you start reading one of the stories you won't want to stop! Take it from me...I am a very picky reader who has to be entertained constantly when reading! This book did that! The stories never end how you would expect them to! There are always exciting twists and turns! There was only one story in this book that I did not enjoy!