The Visitor (Roald Dahl)

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"The Visitor" is a short story by British writer Roald Dahl, first published in the May 1965 issue of Playboy.[1] It was included in the 1974 collection Switch Bitch, centered on the fictional Uncle Oswald and the lurid adventures he describes in his elaborate diaries. In this story, Oswald has amorous designs on his Syrian host's wife and teenage daughter, with unfortunate and unexpected consequences.

Norton H. Moses states that Dahl's story was expanded from an anecdote found in George "Dod" Orsborne's Master of the Girl Pat, published in 1949.[1][2]

In his later years, Alfred Hitchcock occasionally told this story as a black joke during his appearances on American talk shows, most notably during an appearance on The Tomorrow Show[3] on 29 May 1973.[4]

Akhbar's Daughter, a 1987 television pilot[5] associated with Tales from the Darkside,[6] bears many similarities to the Dahl and Orsborne stories.

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  1. ^ a b Moses, Norton H. (Spring 1999). "The source of Roald Dahl's 'The Visitor'". ANQ: A Quarterly Journal of Short Articles, Notes and Reviews. 12 (2): 34–36. Retrieved 17 January 2015. 
  2. ^ Orsborne, George "Dod" (1949). Master of the Girl Pat. New York: Doubleday. pp. 58–60. 
  3. ^ "The Tomorrow Show (hosted by Tom Snyder)". YouTube. Retrieved 19 January 2015. 
  4. ^ Skerry, Philip J. (2013). Dark Energy: Hitchcock's Absolute Camera and the Physics of Cinematic Spacetime. Bloomsbury. ISBN 9781623568696. Retrieved 19 January 2015. 
  5. ^ "Night Rose: Akhbar's Daughter (1987)". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 18 January 2015. 
  6. ^ Bell, Robert (11 November 2010). "Tales from the Darkside: The Final Season". Exclaim!. Retrieved 18 January 2015. 

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