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The Landlady: Introduction
The Landlady: Plot Summary
The Landlady: Detailed Summary & Analysis
The Landlady: Themes
The Landlady: Quotes
The Landlady: Characters
The Landlady: Symbols
The Landlady: Theme Wheel
Brief Biography of Roald Dahl
Historical Context of The Landlady
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- Full Title: ‘The Landlady”
- When Written: Around 1960
- Where Written: Probably in Great Missenden, England.
- When Published: 1960
- Literary Period: Postmodernism
- Genre: Short story, mystery, horror
- Setting: Bath, England
- Climax: The landlady tells Billy that her two previous guests never left her house.
- Antagonist: The Landlady
- Point of View: Third-person omniscient
Extra Credit for The Landlady
Spooky Stories. In 1983, Roald Dahl selected and published a collection of other writers’ ghost stories, explaining in the introduction that “The Landlady” was the closest he ever came to writing his own ghost story.
Success and Tragedy. “The Landlady” received great acclaim, and in 1960 it won the prize for “Best Short Story Mystery” at the Edgar Awards. Meanwhile, the 1960s were tragic years for Dahl personally; his son suffered from ill health, and both his mother and his eldest daughter died.