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Roald Dahl

1916 - 1990

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Roald Dahl (13 September 1916 – 23 November 1990) was a British popular author of irreverent children's literature and short stories, a poet, and wartime fighter ace. His books have sold more than 300 million copies worldwide. Dahl has been called "one of the greatest storytellers for children of the 20th century".Dahl was born in Wales to affluent Norwegian immigrant parents, and spent most of his life in England. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Roald Dahl has received more than 17,883,321 page views. His biography is available in 82 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 79 in 2019). Roald Dahl is the 249th most popular writer (down from 202nd in 2019), the 193rd most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 148th in 2019) and the 26th 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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  • 82

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 5.25

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 5.72

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

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Among writers, Roald Dahl ranks 249 out of 5,755Before him are Jacob Grimm, Sallust, J. K. Rowling, Germaine de Staël, Bram Stoker, and Christine de Pizan. After him are Walt Whitman, Vladimir Mayakovsky, Lucy Maud Montgomery, Eckhart Tolle, Isabel Allende, and Bartolomé de las Casas.

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Among people born in 1916, Roald Dahl ranks 10Before him are Gregory Peck, Elena Ceaușescu, Francis Crick, Aldo Moro, Lyudmila Pavlichenko, and Olivia de Havilland. After him are Hans-Ulrich Rudel, Claude Shannon, Harold Wilson, Ahmed Ben Bella, Herbert A. Simon, and João Havelange. Among people deceased in 1990, Roald Dahl ranks 6Before him are Rajneesh, Lev Yashin, Greta Garbo, Ava Gardner, and B. F. Skinner. After him are Louis Althusser, Leonard Bernstein, Alberto Moravia, Norbert Elias, Paulette Goddard, and Sarah Vaughan.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Roald Dahl ranks 193 out of 7,765Before him are Mary Boleyn (1499), Jeff Beck (1944), Arnold J. Toynbee (1889), J. K. Rowling (1965), Mary Tudor, Queen of France (1496), and Thomas Newcomen (1663). After him are Roger Taylor (1949), Cat Stevens (1948), George Best (1946), Edward the Black Prince (1330), Duns Scotus (1265), and James Hunt (1947).

Among WRITERS In United Kingdom

Among writers born in United Kingdom, Roald Dahl ranks 26Before him are Geoffrey Chaucer (1343), Terry Pratchett (1948), John Milton (1608), Mary Wollstonecraft (1759), Anna Wintour (1949), and J. K. Rowling (1965). After him are William Golding (1911), Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792), C. S. Lewis (1898), Graham Greene (1904), John Keats (1795), and Anne Brontë (1820).

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