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Enid Blyton was a phenomenal English children’s writer. Blyton was behind the best selling children books such as Noddy, the Famous Five, and the Secret Seven. Her books have sold over 600 million copies since the 1930s.
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Key Facts & Information
- Enid Blyton was born on August 11, 1897, in East Dulwich, South London.
- She was the eldest child among the three children of Thomas Carey Blyton, a cutlery salesman, and Theresa Mary Harrison.
- Thomas, her father, influenced Enid’s love for nature, gardening, art, music, literature, and theatre.
- Enid described Thomas in her biography as a man who “loved flowers and birds and wild animals, and knew more about them than anyone I had ever met”.
- Enid’s mother had little concern towards her passion.
- After Enid turned thirteen, Thomas left to live with another woman.
- This event devastated Enid.
- For the rest of her life, Enid and her mother did not have a good relationship.
- Enid attended St Christopher’s School in Beckenham from 1907 to 1915.
- While studying in Beckenham, Blyton enjoyed physical activities. She became the school tennis champion, and captain of lacrosse.
- In 1911, Enid entered Arthur Mee’s children’s poetry competition.
- Arthur Mee, a respected journalist and author, offered to print Blyton’s verses and encouraged her to write more.
- However, her antagonistic mother thought that writing was just a waste of time.
- Nonetheless, Blyton found encouragement from people far from relatives. One was Mabel Attenborough, aunt of Mary Potter, Blyton’s friend from school.
- Blyton was supposed to enroll at the Guildhall School of Music, but instead responded to her calling as a writer.
- Blyton moved out of the family home in 1915. She lived with Mary Attenborough.
- Later on, she stayed with George and Emily Hint at Seckford Hall, Suffolk.
- Ida Hunt, a friend Blyton met at Woodbridge Congregational Church, suggested that Blyton trained as a teacher at Ipswich High School, where Hunt was also teaching.
- In September 1916, Blyton enrolled at the National Froebel Union for a teacher training course.
- While studying teaching, Blyton wrote and passed manuscripts to publishers. This was the time when Blyton got her first rejections.
- Blyton seemed to have a determined soul, as rejection only pushed her to be better.
- She said in her autobiography: “it is partly the struggle that helps you so much, that gives you determination, character, self-reliance – all things that help in any profession or trade, and most certainly in writing”.
- Blyton completed her training course in December 1918.
- In January 1919, Blyton was appointed as a teacher at Bickley Park School, where she taught small boys.
- In 1920, Blyton moved to Southernhay in Hook Road, Surbiton. There, she served as a nursery governess to the four sons of architect Horace Thompson and his wife Gertrude.
- Blyton served the family happily for four years.
- Blyton relocated to Chessington in 1920, where she wrote in her spare time.
- In 1921, she received her first award as she won the Saturday Westminster Review writing competition. Her winning piece was an essay titled “On the Popular Fallacy that to the Pure All Things are Pure”.
- Her first victory gave her notoriety to respected publications, such as The Londoner, Home Weekly, and The Bystander, that showed interest in her short stories and poems.
- In 1922, Blyton published her first book, Child Whispers, a 24-page collection of poems.
- Child Whispers was illustrated by Phyllis Case, Blyton’s school friend.
- Phyllis had already collaborated with Blyton on her early works.
- Also in 1922, Blyton began writing annual pieces for publishers Cassell, and George Newnes.
- “Peronel and his Pot of Glue” was also accepted for publication in Teacher’s World.
- The Talking Teapot and Other Tales, the first book in the Old Thatch series of twenty-eight books, was published in 1934.
- Adventures of the Wishing-Chair was Blyton’s first serial story and first full-length book, and was published in 1937.
- The Secret Island was her first full length adventure novel, and was published in 1938.
- The Enchanted Wood, the first book in the Faraway Tree series, was published in 1939.
- In 1942, Blyton published the first book in the Famous Five series, her most notable work.
- The first Secret Seven novel was published in 1949.
- Noddy, one of her most known characters, first appeared on June 5, 1949 in Sunday Graphic.
- Blyton became increasingly ill in 1968. She died on November 28, 1968, aged 71, at the Greenways Nursing Home, Hampstead, North London.
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