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Collected Stories

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This edition was published in by Alfred A. Knopf in New York, NY, USA.

Written in English

850 pages

The only hardcover edition of Roald Dahl’s stories for adults, the Collected Stories amply showcases his singular gifts as a fabulist and a born storyteller.

Later known for his immortal children’s books, including Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, and The BFG, Dahl also had a genius for adult short fiction, which he wrote throughout his life. Whether fictionalizing his dramatic exploits as a Royal Air Force pilot during World War II or concocting the ingeniously plotted fables that were dramatized on television as Tales of the Unexpected, Dahl was brilliant at provoking in his readers the overwhelming desire to know what happens next—and at satisfying that desire in ways that feel both surprising and inevitable.

Filled with devilish plot twists, his tales display a tantalizing blend of macabre humor and the absurdly grotesque. From “The Landlady,” about an unusual boardinghouse that features a small but very permanent clientele, to “Pig,” a brutally funny look at vegetarianism, to “Man from the South,” in which a fanatical gambler does his betting with hammer, nails, and a butcher’s knife, Dahl’s creations amuse and shock us in equal measure, gleefully reminding us of what might lurk beneath the surface of the ordinary.
--front flap

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Collected Short Stories

First published in 1991



Work Description

Later known for his immortal children’s books, including Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, and The BFG, Dahl also had a genius for adult short fiction, which he wrote throughout his life. Whether fictionalizing his dramatic exploits as a Royal Air Force pilot during World War II or concocting the ingeniously plotted fables that were dramatized on television as Tales of the Unexpected, Dahl was brilliant at provoking in his readers the overwhelming desire to know what happens next—and at satisfying that desire in ways that feel both surprising and inevitable.

Filled with devilish plot twists, his tales display a tantalizing blend of macabre humor and the absurdly grotesque. From “The Landlady,” about an unusual boardinghouse that features a small but very permanent clientele, to “Pig,” a brutally funny look at vegetarianism, to “Man from the South,” in which a fanatical gambler does his betting with hammer, nails, and a butcher’s knife, Dahl’s creations amuse and shock us in equal measure, gleefully reminding us of what might lurk beneath the surface of the ordinary.

Contains 51 stories (order varies by edition):

From Kiss Kiss
Landlady
William and Mary
The Way Up to Heaven
Parson's Pleasure
Mrs. Bixby and the Colonel's Coat
Royal Jelly
Georgy Porgy
Genesis and Catastrophe
Edward the Conqueror
Pig
Champion of the World

From Over to You
Death of an Old, Old Man
An African Story
A Piece of Cake
Madame Rosette
Katina
Yesterday Was Beautiful
They Shall Not Grow Old
Beware of the Dog
Only This
Someone Like You

From Switch Bitch
Visitor
Great Switcheroo
Last Act
Bitch

From Someone Like You
Taste
Lamb to the Slaughter
Man from the South
The Soldier
My Lady Love, My Dove
Dip in the Pool
Galloping Foxley
Skin
Poison
Wish
Neck
Sound Machine
Nunc Dimittis
Great Automatic Grammatizator
Claud's Dog
Ratcatcher
Rummins
Mr Hoddy
Mr Feasey

Eight Further Tales of the Unexpected
The umbrella man --
Mr Botibol --
Vengeance is Mine Inc. --
The butler --
Ah, sweet mystery of life --
Bookseller
Hitchhiker
The surgeon

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Collected Stories

This edition was published in by Alfred A. Knopf in New York, NY, USA.


Edition Description

The only hardcover edition of Roald Dahl’s stories for adults, the Collected Stories amply showcases his singular gifts as a fabulist and a born storyteller.

Later known for his immortal children’s books, including Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, and The BFG, Dahl also had a genius for adult short fiction, which he wrote throughout his life. Whether fictionalizing his dramatic exploits as a Royal Air Force pilot during World War II or concocting the ingeniously plotted fables that were dramatized on television as Tales of the Unexpected, Dahl was brilliant at provoking in his readers the overwhelming desire to know what happens next—and at satisfying that desire in ways that feel both surprising and inevitable.

Filled with devilish plot twists, his tales display a tantalizing blend of macabre humor and the absurdly grotesque. From “The Landlady,” about an unusual boardinghouse that features a small but very permanent clientele, to “Pig,” a brutally funny look at vegetarianism, to “Man from the South,” in which a fanatical gambler does his betting with hammer, nails, and a butcher’s knife, Dahl’s creations amuse and shock us in equal measure, gleefully reminding us of what might lurk beneath the surface of the ordinary.
--front flap

Table of Contents

An African story --
Only this --
Katina --
Beware of the dog --
They shall not grow old --
Someone like you --
Death of an old old man --
Madame Rosette --
A piece of cake --
Yesterday was beautiful --
Nunc Dimittis --
Skin --
Man from the South --
The soldier --
The sound machine --
Mr Botibol --
Vengeance is Mine Inc. --
The wish --
Poison --
Taste --
Dip in the pool --
The great automatic grammatizator --
Claud's dog: The ratcatcher ; Rummins ; Mr Hoddy ; Mr Feasey --
My lady love, my dove --
Neck --
Lamb to the slaughter --
Galloping Foxley --
Edward the Conqueror --
The way up to Heaven --
William and Mary --
Parson's pleasure --
George Porgy --
Mrs. Bixby and the Colonel's coat --
Royal jelly --
The champion of the world --
Genesis and catastrophe --
Pig --
The landlady --
The visitor --
The last act --
The great switcheroo --
The butler --
Bitch --
Ah, sweet mystery of life --
The hitchhiker --
The umbrella man --
The bookseller --
The surgeon.

Edition Notes

US/CAN
Borzoi Book

Series
Everyman's Library, 300
Copyright Date
2006

Classifications

Library of Congress
PR, PR6054.A35A6 2006, PR6054.A35 A6 2006

Contributors

Editor
Jeremy Treglown

The Physical Object

Format
Hardcover
Pagination
xxxvii, 850 p. ;
Number of pages
850

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL22745961M
Internet Archive
collectedstories0000dahl
ISBN 10
0307264904
ISBN 13
9780307264909
LC Control Number
2006046523
OCLC/WorldCat
255497004, 1108729974, 227012222, 1066139929
Amazon.com
0307264904
Google
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Library Thing
4856351
Goodreads
6326

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