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Enid Blyton

Children's writer Enid Blyton

Profession: Children's writer


Biography: Enid Blyton is one of the world's best-selling authors and published over 600 tittles during her lifetime. She published her first book in 1922 and went on to create such famous series as Noddy, The Famous Five and The Secret Seven. At her peak, in the early 1950s, Blyton produced over 50 books a year.

Blyton's books presented an idealized view of childhood, usually set in the English countryside with a moral undertone and a quick free-flowing narrative. Blyton's works have also attracted criticism and accused of having elitist, xenophobic and racist undertones.

Born: August 11, 1897
Birthplace: London, Great Britain

Generation: Lost Generation
Star Sign: Leo

Died: November 28, 1968 (aged 71)

Married Life

  • 1924-08-28 British children's writer Enid Blyton (27) marries editor Major Hugh Alexander Pollock, DSO (36)
  • 1943-10-20 British Children's writer Enid Blyton marries 2nd husband surgeon Kenneth Fraser Darrell Waters at City of Westminster registry office, London

Historical Events

  • 1942-09-11 Enid Blyton publishes "Five on a Treasure Island" first of her "Famous Five" children's novels, start of one of the best-selling children's series ever with over 100 million sold
  • 1949-06-05 Enid Blyton's wooden toy character Noddy first appears in the "Sunday Graphic"

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