By all accounts, he disowned the first film adaptation of "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," yet Roald Dahl indirectly gave us the greatest gift of the 20th century: Gene Wilder in a purple velvet suit steering a psychedelic ship down a river made of chocolate. And snozberries, too. Who'd ever heard of them before?
Today, for these gifts, we celebrate Dahl. If he were alive, Britain's favorite young-adult author would be 91 and, probably, pleased. Sept. 13 belongs to him, really. It's both his birthday and international Roald Dahl Day. Here's your chance to brush up on your telekinesis in honor of the man who invented golden tickets and giant peaches. Or explore his more sophisticated work - an array of dark and twisted stories for adults, such as "The Landlady."
Stephanie Callahan is a native Bostonian who loves cooking, traveling, spa treatments, and being on the ocean.
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