Author Roald Dahl died on November 23, 1990, from a blood disease when he was 74 years old. He was buried at St. Peter and St. Paul Church in Buckinghamshire, England. At the time of his death, Dahl had written 19 children's books and nine collections of short stories, including "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," "James and the Giant Peach" and "The Fantastic Mr. Fox."
Roald Dahl was born in Llandaff, South Wales, on September 13, 1916. In 1939 he joined the Royal Air Force and was transferred to Washington, D.C., following a plane crash that left him with serious injuries. In Washington, he was encouraged by C.S. Forester to begin writing. Dahl's first short story, "A Piece of Cake," was published in the Saturday Evening Post in August of 1942.
Dahl married actress Patricia Neal on July 2, 1953. They had five children: Olivia Twenty, Chantal Tessa Sophia, Theo Matthew, Ophelia Magdalena and Lucy Neal. His daughter Olivia died at age 7 from the measles. Dahl and Neal divorced in 1983. He then married Felicity Ann Crosland and they remained together until his death.
Dahl would tell his children stories every night, which inspired him to write children's novels. He established himself as a children's writer upon the 1961 publication of "James and the Giant Peach." Three years later he published "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory." Both novels were adapted into films. Other novels of Dahl include "Matilda," "The Witches" and "Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator."