The wonderful story of Henry Sugar, and six more

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Knopf, Sep 12, 1977 - Juvenile Fiction - 225 pages
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An account of how Roald Dahl came to be a writer and selections from his writer's notebook augment stories juxtaposing fantasy and truth and peopled with characters both outrageous and courageous

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Review: The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More

User Review  - Anne Killheffer - Goodreads

I loved these short stories by Roald Dahl, but I think the publisher has made a mistake in marketing the collection to younger readers. Roald Dahl is dark, obviously, and kids love him -- his books ... Read full review

Review: The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More

User Review  - Hannah Messler - Goodreads

Yesterday was bright and windy and sunny and I went to Park Slope to meet up with Danny and then Kevin turned up and I hadn't seen either of them in a long time and we all love each other SO DEARLY so ... Read full review

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About the author (1977)

Roald (pronounced "Roo-aal") was born in Llandaff, South Wales. He had a relatively uneventful childhood and was educated at Repton School. During World War II he served as a fighter pilot and for a time was stationed in Washington, D.C.. Prompted by an interviewer, he turned an account of one of his war experiences into a short story that was accepted by the Saturday Evening Post, which were eventually collected in Over to You (1946). Dahl's stories are often described as horror tales or fantasies, but neither description does them justice. He has the ability to treat the horrible and ghastly with a light touch, sometimes even with a humorous one. His tales never become merely shocking or gruesome. His purpose is not to shock but to entertain, and much of the entertainment comes from the unusual twists in his plots, rather than from grizzly details. Dahl has also become famous as a writer of children's stories. In some circles, these works have cased great controversy. Critics have charged that Dahl's work is anti-Semitic and degrades women. Nevertheless, his work continues to be read: Charlie and Chocolate Factory (1964) was made into a successful movie, and his books of rhymes for children continue to be very popular.

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