The Great Automatic GrammatizatorRoald Dahl
fantasy, horror, mainstream, short stories
Also known as The Umbrella Man and Other Stories.
Is it really possible to invent a machine that does the job of a writer? What is it about a landlady's house that makes it so hard for her guests to leave? Does Sir Basil Turton value most his wife or one of his priceless sculptures? Here are thirteen of Roald Dahl's most unexpected tales, offering young readers the perfect introduction to the adult writing of a storytelling genius. From the sensitivity of stories such as "Katina" to the surprising creepiness of "Taste", these stories are full of all the fun, excitement and wonder of Roald Dahl's writing, offering originality, ingenuity, horror, unexpected twists and turns, a touch of the macabre – and much more besides.
- The Great Automatic Grammatizator (from Someone Like You)
- Mrs. Bixby and the Colonel's Coat (from Kiss Kiss)
- The Butler (from More Tales of the Unexpected)
- Man from the South (from Someone Like You)
- The Landlady (from Kiss Kiss)
- Parson's Pleasure (from Kiss Kiss)
- The Umbrella Man (from More Tales of the Unexpected)
- Katina (from Over to You: Ten Stories of Flyers and Flying)
- The Way Up to Heaven (from Kiss Kiss)
- Royal Jelly (from Kiss Kiss)
- Vengeance is Mine Inc. (from More Tales of the Unexpected)
- Taste (from Someone Like You)
- Neck (from Someone Like You)
Roald Dahl (1916–1990) was a British novelist, short story writer, and screenwriter.
Born in Llandaff, Cardiff, Wales, to Norwegian parents, Roald Dahl served in the Royal Air Force during the Second World War, in which he became a flying ace and intelligence agent, rising to the rank of Wing Commander. He rose to prominence in the 1940s with works for both children and adults, and became one of the world's bestselling authors. His short stories are known for their unexpected endings, and his children's books for their unsentimental, often very dark humour.
Roald Dahl married American actress Patricia Neal on 2 July 1953 at Trinity Church in New York City. Their marriage lasted for 30 years and