authors' autobiog. (Was Long time, no see).

Paul Andinach pandinac at
Mon Dec 13 22:05:30 EST 1999

On Tue, 14 Dec 1999, Sally Odgers wrote:

> I upset a whole class of children once... they asked me my opinion
> of Dahl and I gave it. They were shocked. They told me it was All
> True because they'd read his autobiography (or else talked to a
> friend whose friend had read it...). They told me Dahl had had a
> terrible childhood. I asked them who said so? And they said It Was
> In The Book.
> Then I asked them what Dahl wrote for a living......

This thought occurred to me when the Dahl discussion started. If I
hadn't been avoiding it, I would have posted a message pointing out
this interesting cuase/effect thing:
Did Dahl write stories like that because, for him, life was like that?
Or did he write his life story like that because that's the way he

"...the greater part of my wardrobe is black... it's a sensible
 colour. It goes with anything. Well, anything black."
  - Neil Gaiman

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