The Great Automatic Grammatizator

First ion (publ. Puffin)

The Great Automatic Grammatizator (published in the U.S. as The Umbrella Man and Other Stories[1]) is a collection of thirteen short stories written by British author Roald Dahl. The stories were selected for teenagers from Dahl's adult works. All the stories included were published elsewhere originally; their sources are noted below. The stories, with the exception of the war story "Katina", possess a deadpan, ironic, bizarre, or even macabre sense of humor. They generally end with unexpected plot twists.

The stories[]


Groff Conklin in 1954 called the short story "The Great Automatic Grammatizator" "an awe-inspiring fantasy-satire ... an unforgettable bit of biting nonsense".[2]


  1. ^ Dahl, Roald (January 19, 2004). The Umbrella Man and Other Stories. Speak. ISBN 9780142400876.
  2. ^ Conklin, Groff (May 1954). "Galaxy's 5 Star Shelf". Galaxy Science Fiction. pp. 129–133.