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Writers’ Reel: Happy Birthday, Leo Tolstoy and Roald Dahl!

Today marks Leo Tolstoy’s 186th birthday and this Saturday will mark Roald Dahl’s 96th birthday. Let’s celebrate the two great authors with a double dose of Writers’ Reel. First, listen to Tolstoy’s short story “The Three Questions,” published in 1885 as part of the collection What Men Live By and Other Tales

“It once occurred to a certain king, that if he always knew the right
 time to begin everything; if he knew who were the right people to
 listen to, and whom to avoid; and, above all, if he always knew what
 was the most important thing to do, he would never fail in anything 
he might undertake.” 

Listen to the full story here:

Next, listen to Dahl, author of many great children’s books, including Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Matilda, explain how he evaded war and chose the path of writing: