Roald Dahl's Book of Ghost Stories

ISBN-10: 0374518688
ISBN-13: 9780374518684
Edition: 1993
Authors: Roald Dahl
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Book details

List price: $15.00
Copyright year: 1993
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Publication date: 10/1/1984
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 5.25" wide x 7.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.484
Language: English

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.

Introduction
W.S.L. P. Hartley Harry
Timperley The Corner Shop
In the Tube
Christmas Meeting
Elias and the Draug
Playmates
Ringing the Changes
The Telephone
The Ghost of a Hand
The Sweeper
(Ex-Private X) Afterward
On the Brighton Road
The Upper Berth
Crawford

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