Roald Dahl Tops The List Of The 50 Greatest Storytellers Of All Time


Roald Dahl was chosen as the greatest storyteller of all time in a poll commissioned by Canon UK to mark the launch of its 365 Days of Summer Competition. Roald Dahl took the top spot with 58 per cent of the vote in a poll of the greatest authors, songwriters, artists, and photographers.

Dahl was a British novelist, short story writer, poet, fighter pilot, and screenwriter. He became one of the world’s best-selling authors and is well-known for his children’s novels, which include MatildaJames and the Giant Peach, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Witches, and The BFG. He was born 13 September 1916, and died 23 November 1990. 13 September is known as Roald Dahl Day.

Charles Dickens came a close second while visual storytellers including graffiti artist Banksy, Jurassic Park director Steven Spielberg and legendary cartoonist Walt Disney were also featured.

Matthew Searle – Country Director, Canon UK and Ireland said: ‘Roald Dahl in particular may be well known for his words, but the images which accompanied many of his children’s books have helped to paint a picture for children for generations.’

Here is the list:

  1. Roald Dahl
  2. Charles Dickens
  3. William Shakespeare
  4. JK Rowling
  5. Steven Spielberg
  6. Hans Christian Andersen
  7. Lewis Carroll
  8. Walt Disney
  9. Enid Blyton
  10. J.R.R Tolkien
  11. David Attenborough
  12. Beatrix Potter
  13. Stephen King
  14. Brothers Grimm
  15. HG Wells
  16. AA Milne
  17. George Orwell
  18. CS Lewis
  19. Ernest Hemingway
  20. Ridley Scott
  21. T. S. Eliot
  22. James Cameron
  23. Quentin Tarantino
  24. Morgan Freeman
  25. George Lucas
  26. Alan Bennett
  27. Andrew Lloyd Webber
  28. Jacqueline Wilson
  29. Ed Sheeran
  30. Banksy
  31. Eminem
  32. Virginia Woolf
  33. The Coen Brothers
  34. Martin Scorsese
  35. Philip K. Dick
  36. David Walliams
  37. Tom Hanks
  38. JD Salinger
  39. Louis Theroux
  40. Adele
  41. Iain M. Banks
  42. Samuel Jackson
  43. Tom Hardy
  44. Stephenie Meyer
  45. H. P. Lovecraft
  46. E L James
  47. Jack Kerouac
  48. Prince
  49. John Lennon
  50. Kevin Spacey

Source for list

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by Amanda Patterson

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