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Know Your History – 11th August – Enid Blyton born

know your history - writingOn this day… 11th August, 1897 – Enid Blyton born

Enid Mary Blyton (11 August 1897 – 28 November 1968) was an English children’s writer whose books have been among the world’s best-sellers since the 1930s, selling more than 600 million copies. Blyton’s books are still enormously popular, and have been translated into almost 90 languages; her first book, Child Whispers, a 24-page collection of poems, was published in 1922. She wrote on a wide range of topics including education, natural history, fantasy, mystery stories and biblical narratives, and is best remembered today for her Noddy, Famous Five, and Secret Seven series.enid blyton

Following the commercial success of her early novels such as Adventures of the Wishing Chair (1937) and The Enchanted Wood (1939), Blyton went on to build a literary empire, sometimes producing fifty books a year in addition to her prolific magazine and newspaper contributions. Her writing was unplanned and sprang largely from her unconscious mind; she typed her stories as events unfolded before her. The sheer volume of her work and the speed with which it was produced led to rumours that Blyton employed an army of ghost writers, a charge she vigorously denied.

Did you know?

On 2nd January, 1987 – The publishers of Enid Blyton’s Noddy books bowed to pressure groups and agreed to expunge all racism from them by changing the golliwog characters to gnomes.

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Know Your History – 2nd January

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On this day….

2nd January

1987 The publishers of Enid Blyton’s Noddy books bowed to pressure groups and agreed to expunge all racism from them by changing the golliwog characters to gnomes.

Ever since there has been great debate on Enid Blyton’s work among literary critics, teachers and parents mainly due to the themes of her books, particularly the Noddy series. Some libraries and schools banned her works, which the BBC had refused to broadcast from the 1930s until the 1950s because they were perceived to lack literary merit. Her books have been criticised as being elitist, sexist, racist, xenophobic and at odds with the more liberal environment emerging in post-war Britain, but they have continued to be bestsellers since her death in 1968.

My View

Everyone’s view on this topic will probably be different. I grew up reading the Enid Blyton’s books and I loved them. I had no concept of the battle taking place in the media regarding any underlying racism, sexism or otherwise. Instead the stories enhanced my childhood love of reading and the simple straight-forward stories meant I always knew I was about to go on an adventure. Particularly, I loved the famous five stories and have great memories of my grandma reading these with me. They captured my imagination and I used to take our dog out into the garden the next day, ready to have our own adventure. My heart leapt with excitement when lately my 5 year old niece revealed that grandma had bought her some famous five books in a charity shop and would I want to read them with her at bedtime. So for me, Blyton’s stories have made it through four generations, each with their own opinions and attitudes of the times the generation lived in, yet they are still stories that can bring families together.

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Source(s) –

http://www.scotsman.com/news/on-this-day-66-killed-at-ibrox-disaster-1-3649033

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enid_Blyton