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For questions about the prolific British writer Roald Dahl (1916-1990) or about any of his literary works, which include novels and short stories, children's and adult books.

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Were new illustrations made for the "SCRAM" picture in translations of Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator?

In Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator, the Vermicious Knids first appear as five blobs in elevators, which then contort themselves into letters: S, C, R, A, M, respectively. The original book ...
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What inspired the Vermicious Knids?

The Vermicious Knids are a type of dangerous alien creature in the works of Roald Dahl. They appear as primary antagonists in Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator and get passing mentions in other ...
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Why does "It is better to incur a mild rebuke than to perform an onerous task" sound hilarious to Henry Sugar's friends?

In the book of The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar by Roald Dahl, Henry Sugar was a rich man, whose wealth was inherited from his dad. He never worked, nor did his wealthy friends. There is a piece of ...
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Why is Roald Dahl's short story called "Nunc Dimittis"?

Roald Dahl wrote a short story called "Nunc Dimittis" (though Wikipedia states that it was first published in 1953 as "The Devious Bachelor"). The story is described here on ...
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Is there an anti-semitic subtext in Roald Dahl's The Witches?

I read this article which suggested that Roald Dahl's The Witches is basically a work of anti-Semitism. Now I am aware of Roald's own apparent/alleged anti-Semitism but this is a question specifically ...
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Roald Dahl short story - wife kills drunkard husband by spiking his drink

I am trying to remember the name of a short story by Roald Dahl, about a man who systematically got drunk at home every Saturday night. His wife kills him, I think by putting something in his drink. ...
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Are there examples of anti-semitism in Roald Dahl's publications?

Roald Dahl's families have apologised for anti-Semitic statements he made (without, I think, being specific about where these appeared). This BBC article identifies interviews where offensive ...
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Was Roald Dahl the first to use the "Hitler twist?"

In his story "Genesis and Catastrophe" [1959] , also called "A fine son", Roald Dahl uses a plot twist that has been done so often that it is an eye-roller: revealing near the end ...
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Is Danny the Champion of the World one of the Romani people?

We were discussing Danny the Champion of the World and how he: lives in a Caravan is part of a pheasant poaching community My friend said: Well he's obviously a [Romani] isn't he? Is there ...
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How did Wonka's Golden Ticket sweepstakes ensure that children would win?

In Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Wonka says I don't want a grown-up person at all. A grownup won't listen to me; he won't learn. He will try to do things his own way and not mine. So I had to ...
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