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The Umbrella Man and Other Stories


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What could be wrong with a sweet-tempered landlady who offers the cheapest, cleanest, coziest quarters? Ask any of her tenants — if you can dig one up.

Roald Dahl wrote several popular anthologies which were noted for the ingenuity and surprising humanity with which Dahl could combine seemingly everyday characters, good intentions, and dark deeds into immensely satisfying tales. These stories, specifically collected for teen readers, also show Dahl's skills as a sleight of hand artist; they grab you from the start, hold you fast — and then throw all your expectations out the window with surprise twist endings. By turns macabre, hilarious, and touching, these stories are filled with always-expected Dahl brilliance.


By turns macabre, hilarious, and touching, these stories from the world-renowned master are filled with unexpected delights and the always-expected Dahl brilliance.

About the Author

Roald Dahl (1916-1990) was born in Wales of Norwegian parents. He spent his childhood in England and, at age eighteen, went to work for the Shell Oil Company in Africa. When World War II broke out, he joined the Royal Air Force and became a fighter pilot. At the age of twenty-six he moved to Washington, D.C., and it was there he began to write. His first short story, which recounted his adventures in the war, was bought by The Saturday Evening Post, and so began a long and illustrious career.

After establishing himself as a writer for adults, Roald Dahl began writing childrens stories in 1960 while living in England with his family. His first stories were written as entertainment for his own children, to whom many of his books are dedicated.

Roald Dahl is now considered one of the most beloved storytellers of our time. Although he passed away in 1990, his popularity continues to increase as his fantastic novels, including James and the Giant PeachMatildaThe BFG, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, delight an ever-growing legion of fans.

Learn more about Roald Dahl on the official Roald Dahl Web site:

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Dahl, Roald
Viking Juvenile
New York :
Children's 12-Up - Fiction - General
Short Stories (single author)
Short stories
Short stories, english
Literary Criticism & Collections
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from 7 up to AND UP
9.34 x 6.36 x 1 in 1.2 lb
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