Love from Boy

Author: Donald Sturrock

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0698151208

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 336

View: 9745


From the author of The BFG, Matilda, James and the Giant Peach, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, and many more beloved classics—a whimsical, witty, and revealing collection of the legendary children’s author and writer Roald Dahl's letters written to his mother, from early childhood through Dahl’s travels to Africa, his career in the Royal Air Force, his work in post-war Washington, D.C., and Hollywood, and the books that made him a literary star. Roald Dahl penned his first letter to his mother, Sofie Magdalene, when he was just nine years old. The origins of a brilliantly funny, subversive, creative mind were evident in boarding school, and as he entered adulthood, his penchant for storytelling emerged in his missives home from Africa, where he was stationed by Shell Oil, and then the desert camps of the Royal Air Force. His skills were sharpened after a plane crash in Egypt landed him in Washington, D.C., where his cheery letters home were cover for his work in the British Secret Service, along with gossipy updates on his spontaneous rise in Hollywood and his budding New York literary career. His mother was, in many ways, Dahl’s first reader, and without her correspondence he might never have become a writer. Sofie Magdalene kept every letter her son wrote to her (sadly, her own side of the correspondence did not survive). It was she who encouraged him to tell stories and nourished his desire to fabricate, exaggerate, and entertain. In these letters, Dahl began practicing his craft, developing the dark sense of humor and fantastical imagination that would later produce his timeless tales. The author of James and the Giant Peach, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, and The BFG, Dahl is known by millions the world over today. But, writing candidly to the person who knew him best, Dahl was as singular a character as any he created on paper. Assembled by Dahl’s authorized biographer Donald Sturrock, Love from Boy is a remarkable collection of never-before-published writing that spans four decades and chronicles the remarkable, unpredictable life of its author. While Dahl’s books remain bestselling favorites for all ages, Love from Boy provides an unprecedented glimpse of the author through his own eyes—a life punctuated by tragedy, creative stagnation, unexpected fame, and fantastic adventure.

Roald Dahl's Marvellous Medicine

Author: Tom Solomon

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 1781383391

Category: Authors, English

Page: 253

View: 3021


Most people know Roald Dahl as a famous writer of children's books and adult short stories, but few are aware of his fascination with medicine. Right from his earliest days to the end of his life, Dahl was intrigued by what doctors do, and why they do it. During his lifetime, he and his family suffered some terrible medical tragedies: Dahl nearly died when his fighter plane went down in World War II; his son had severe brain injury in an accident; and his daughter died of measles infection of the brain. But he also had some medical triumphs: he dragged himself back to health after the plane crash, despite a skull fracture, back injuries, and blindness; he was responsible for inventing a medical device (the Wade-Dahl-Till valve) to treat his son's hydrocephalus (water on the brain), and he taught his first wife Patricia to talk again after a devastating stroke. His medical interactions clearly influenced some of his writing - for example the explosive potions in George's Marvellous Medicine. And sometimes his writing impacted on events in his life - for example the research on neuroanatomy he did for his short story William and Mary later helped him design the valve for treating hydrocephalus. In this unique book, Professor Tom Solomon, who looked after Dahl towards the end of his life, examines Dahl's fascination with medicine. Taking examples from Dahl's life, and illustrated with excerpts from his writing, the book uses Dahl's medical interactions as a starting point to explore some extraordinary areas of medical science. Solomon is an award-winning science communicator, and he effortlessly explains the medical concepts underpinning the stories, in language that everyone can understand. The book is also peppered with anecdotes from Dahl''s late night hospital discussions with Solomon, which give new insights into this remarkable man's thinking as his life came to an end.

The Who, the What, and the When

Author: Jenny Volvovski,Julia Rothman,Matt Lamothe

Publisher: Chronicle Books

ISBN: 1452137234

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 167

View: 9482


Stories and portraits of sixty-five unsung heroes behind some of history’s greatest achievements in the arts, politics, science, and technology. Explore the secret stories of the individuals behind some of the most legendary figures in the arts, politics, science, and technology in this fascinating compendium of historical fact and biographical trivia. Learn about Michael and Joy Brown, who gifted Harper Lee a year’s worth of wages to help her write To Kill a Mockingbird. Meet Thomas A. Watson, the assistant who built the telephone Alexander Graham Bell invented. And read about Sam Shaw, the man whose iconic photographs helped make Marilyn Monroe the enduring legend she is today. Each individual’s incredible story is told by a noted historian and illustrated in a sumptuous portrait by one of today’s hottest artists. History has never been so captivating or looked so good. Featuring Artwork By: Wendy MacNaughton Samantha Hahn Laura Callahan Thomas Doyle And Text by: Jessica Lamb-Shapiro Mark Binelli Manuel Gonzales Josh Viertel and many more . . . “Sixty-five illustrators and as many writers collaborated for these surprising, fun bios of history’s secret sidekicks, including Mrs. Warhola, who inspired her son Andy’s fascination with groceries.” —mental_floss magazine “A charmingly illustrated compendium of history’s most fascinating—and largely unknown—sidekicks.” —Entertainment Weekly

In Defence of Opera

Author: Hamish F. G. Swanston

Publisher: Lane, Allen

ISBN: N.A

Category: Opera

Page: 328

View: 5812


Journey to Bethlehem

Author: Delos Wheeler Lovelace

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: American fiction

Page: 215

View: 1183


On a certain day long ago, the great Caesar Augustus ordered that all the world should be taxed. And Joseph, a Galilean carpenter, was forced to go with Mary, his young wife whose child was soon to be born, from their home in Nazareth to Bethlehem. Journey to Bethlehem is a richly imagined account of the world's most famous journey. Mary, happy and expectant, rides on a rumbled little donkey. Joseph, stalwart and sun-blackened, strides protectively by her side. Often with drama and humor, sometimes with terror, always with reverence, we follow the humble, immortal caravan. It proceeds along a highway crowded with travelers, some startling familiar. The land is filled with clashing factions, the threat of robbers, the desperate exploits of Zealots. Joseph and Mary glimpse the horror of a Roman roadside crucifixion and ride through a cloud of whispers ... threatening as well as joyful ... that a Messiah is soon to be born. The scenes along the way, the towns through which they pass, the inn where they rest at night are so vividly portrayed that the reader takes the journey himself. But Journey To Bethlehem is more than a guide for modern visitors to Palestine and more than a stirring story. The characters are so fully and credibly realized, their language is so homely, the conviction of a mystical experience rises to such a luminous crescendo, that the ending in a stable filled with golden light is unforgettable. Delos W. Lovelace has written a powerful story of human courage and divine grace. Journey to Bethlehem gives a rich new meaning to the endlessly inspiring story of the Nativity.

Gunton's Magazine

Author: George Gunton

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Economics

Page: N.A

View: 1413


Sex and Sex Education: a Bibliography

Author: Flora C. Seruya,Susan Losher,Albert Ellis

Publisher: New York : R. R. Bowker Company

ISBN: N.A

Category: Family life education

Page: 360

View: 427


Over 2000 English language references, some annotated. Classified arrangement. Basically, covers last 25 years with some older works included for historical perspective. Author, title, and analytical subject indexes.

The Boy's Percy

Author: Sidney Lanier,Thomas Percy,Edmund Birckhead Bensell

Publisher: Nabu Press

ISBN: 9781295301904

Category:

Page: 488

View: 7550


This is a reproduction of a book published before 1923. This book may have occasional imperfections such as missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc. that were either part of the original artifact, or were introduced by the scanning process. We believe this work is culturally important, and despite the imperfections, have elected to bring it back into print as part of our continuing commitment to the preservation of printed works worldwide. We appreciate your understanding of the imperfections in the preservation process, and hope you enjoy this valuable book.

Letters To My Baby Boy As I Watch You Grow

Author: Beabbie Press

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781694471536

Category:

Page: 122

View: 6775


Makes A Great Gift! It's A Boy! "This is super cute and I can not wait to use it to write letters to my son. Nice cover and artwork and quality paper for writing" "Absolutely sweet. I bought this for my granddaughter to write in for her first baby! She loved it!" My Dear Beautiful Baby Boy..... This unique Mother/Son prompt fillable 93 pages diary to your son baby infant boy is the perfect tool for writing down memories and notes to your little one! Made with love from a boy mom of 3, this super cute Letters to my Son As I watch you grow is the Ultimate Mom/Son prompted fill in guided pages for all your Keepsake thoughts! Writing Features Included in this journal are: Today I Want to Say to my son, something my son did today which made me proud, something I want to do with my son is, and when son gets older he can fill in his pages of prompted fillable fun! Bonus Features Include: - Unique Matte designed soft paperback cover - Makes a great gift for new or expectant mothers, fathers or parents - A perfect pregnancy diary, this would make a thoughtful present - Great gift idea for a new baby / as a baby shower gift - 6 x 9 inch format, perfect for carrying in your bag or purse - Blank lined white paper, medium ruled, ideal for writing on - 122 Pages of Guided Prompted fill in pages