Thursday, September 15, 2016

'Let me reverse your threat': how 'bullying' Roald Dahl was fired by his publisher

Roald Dahl
Roald Dahl Credit: Ronald Dumont

It is undeniable: Roald Dahl was one of the greatest children's writers published. He introduced the likes of "whizpopping" and "Oompa-Loompa" to the lexicon and produced books that were relished by generations of young readers who delighted in their treatment of the darker side of life. 

Dahl would have turned 100 today, and many people are rightfully celebrating the man's literary output. But what fewer realise is that Dahl was rarely the easiest person to work with. In fact, he was quite the opposite, particularly for his US editor Robert Gottlieb, Dahl's American publisher.

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