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Enid Blyton

Writer

Born: 11 August 1897
Died: 28 November 1968
Birthplace: London, England
Best known as:

The author of the Noddy and Famous Five books

Enid Blyton was one of the 20th century's most popular British authors and a prolific producer of books and stories for young readers, including the series of adventure books featuring the Famous Five. Trained as a teacher, Enid Blyton began writing poems and childrens stories on the side. After five years of teaching she left to write full-time, and between 1942 and 1968 Blyton published hundreds of books (some sources say as many as 800). Her Famous Five series included 21 novels published between 1942 and 1963; the adventure stories feature four kids and a clue-sniffing dog. Blyton also authored other series, featuring the Secret Seven (fifteen books between 1949 and 1963), the Five Find-Outers (fifteen books between 1943 and 1961) and Toyland's wooden boy, Noddy (24 books between 1949 and 1963). Critics have sneered at Blyton's formulaic stories and her lack of literary sophistication -- and she's been called racist, sexist and classist because of certain passages -- but her books continue to be popular all over the world.

Extra credit:

The Famous Five include siblings Julian, Dick and Anne, their cousin George (Georgina, a tomboy) and George's dog, Timmy... In the 1990s several of Enid Blyton's books were edited to remove racist passages and reissued... A 2008 poll of English readers voted Enid Blyton just above J.K. Rowling as "Britain's Best-Loved Author"... A 2009 BBC television movie, Enid, starred Helena Bonham Carter as Enid Blyton.

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