Bradford, Clare. “The End of Empire? Colonial and Postcolonial Journeys in Children’s Books.” Children’s Literature 29 (2001): 196-218. Compares Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Penelope Lively’s The House in Norham Gardens (1974) as two radically different interpretations of the theme of travel and colonialism that pervade nineteenth century children’s literature.
Dahl, Roald. Boy: Tales of Childhood. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1984. The first volume of Dahl’s autobiography tells of his childhood in Wales, his visits to Norway to see relatives, and his schooling.
Dahl, Roald. Going Solo. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1986. The second volume of Dahl’s autobiography provides information on his work for the Shell Oil Company, in London and in Africa, and on his years in the Royal Air Force during World War II.
Salwak, Dale, and Daryl F. Mallet, eds. Roald Dahl: From the Gremlins to the Chocolate Factory, by Alan Warren. Rev. ed. San Bernardino, Calif.: Borgo Press, 1994. A thorough study of Dahl and the evolution of his fiction. Includes bibliographical references and an index.
Schultz, William Todd. “Finding Fate’s Father: Some Life History Influences on Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.” Biography 21 (Fall, 1998): 463-481. A psychobiographical analysis of Dahl’s novel, uncovering the sources of themes that run throughout the writer’s work.
Treglown, Jeremy. Roald Dahl: A Biography. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1994. (See Magill’s Literary Annual review) Treglown uncovers a Dahl more complex than his largely self-created public persona has previously suggested. Alternates discussions of Dahl’s fiction with biographical narrative; claims that in his ambition to be a successful public figure Dahl never really grew up.
Warren, Alan. Roald Dahl: From the Gremlins to the Chocolate Factory. Edited by Dale Salwak and Daryl F. Mallet. 2d ed., rev. and expanded. San Bernardino, Calif.: Borgo Press, 1994. A thorough study of Dahl and the evolution of his fiction. Includes bibliographical references and an index.
West, Mark L. Roald Dahl. New York: Twayne, 1992. A general introduction to Dahl’s life and art. Discusses Dahl as a caricaturist who exaggerates certain character traits to focus the reader’s attention on behavior patterns that might otherwise go unnoticed. Argues that, in his collection Kiss Kiss, Dahl focuses primarily on tensions between men and women, which, though not realistic, are drawn from real life.