Roald Dahl

1916 - 1990

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Roald Dahl (13 September 1916 – 23 November 1990) was a British novelist, short-story writer, poet, screenwriter, and wartime fighter pilot. His books have sold more than 250 million copies worldwide.Dahl was born in Wales to affluent Norwegian immigrant parents, and spent most of his life in England. He served in the Royal Air Force (RAF) during the Second World War. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Roald Dahl has received more than 14,961,342 page views. His biography is available in 79 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 73 in 2019). Roald Dahl is the 202nd most popular writer (up from 226th in 2019), the 148th most popular biography from United Kingdom (up from 163rd in 2019) and the 21st most popular British Writer.

Roald Dahl is most famous for his children's books, such as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The BFG, Matilda, and James and the Giant Peach.

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  • 79

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  • 5.89

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  • 5.27

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Among writers, Roald Dahl ranks 202 out of 5,794Before him are Arthur C. Clarke, Coen brothers, Pearl S. Buck, Dr. Seuss, Lu Xun, and Stanisław Lem. After him are Henri Charrière, Quintilian, Vladimir Mayakovsky, Karel Čapek, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Imre Kertész.

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Among people born in 1916, Roald Dahl ranks 4Before him are Kirk Douglas, François Mitterrand, and Olivia de Havilland. After him are Gregory Peck, Francis Crick, Elena Ceaușescu, Hans-Ulrich Rudel, Lyudmila Pavlichenko, Harold Wilson, Aldo Moro, and Hans Eysenck. Among people deceased in 1990, Roald Dahl ranks 4Before him are Rajneesh, Greta Garbo, and Lev Yashin. After him are B. F. Skinner, Louis Althusser, Ava Gardner, Leonard Bernstein, Alberto Moravia, Norbert Elias, Sarah Vaughan, and Friedrich Dürrenmatt.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Roald Dahl ranks 148 out of 6,924Before him are John Wycliffe (1324), Bernard Montgomery (1887), Paul Dirac (1902), Victoria, Princess Royal (1840), Edward the Elder (871), and Anthony Eden (1897). After him are Duns Scotus (1265), Robert the Bruce (1274), Cat Stevens (1948), Ada Lovelace (1815), Norman Foster, Baron Foster of Thames Bank (1935), and Thomas Newcomen (1663).

Among WRITERS In United Kingdom

Among writers born in United Kingdom, Roald Dahl ranks 21Before him are Charlotte Brontë (1816), Aldous Huxley (1894), H. G. Wells (1866), Geoffrey Chaucer (1343), John Milton (1608), and Arthur C. Clarke (1917). After him are C. S. Lewis (1898), Mary Wollstonecraft (1759), William Golding (1911), Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792), Ian Fleming (1908), and Terry Pratchett (1948).

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