“Writing for children is an art in itself, and a most interesting one.”
Enid Blyton is a British writer of children’s books who was born 11th August 1897 in South London. Enid Blyton’s books have been best sellers across the globe since the 1930s, with her books having sold 600 million copies in almost 90 languages. Her books cover a range of topics including education, natural history, fantasy, mystery and even biblical narratives.
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Enid began writing at a very young age when she would lock herself in her room and compulsively write to distract herself from her mother, whom she did not get along with. Her mother would often dismiss her work as scribbles and demanded that she stop. With the encouragement of her school friends Aunt, Mabel Attenborough, she persisted and began to send her work to magazines for publication. Her work was first published at 14 by Arthur Mee. Her early novels were a major success and she eventually built a literary empire, publishing almost 50 books a year at one point. Her complete bibliography consists of 186 novels, 269 character books, 983 short story series books, 268 education books, 252 recreation books totaling 1958 books. She attributed her speed to her unplanned stream of conviousness writing however many people accused her of hiring a team of ghostwriters.
Enid’s life was embroiled in controversy from the 1950s onward. Many libraries begun to refuse to stock her book due to their lack of literary merit and themes that were often elitist, sexist, racist and xenophobic. However, Enid often encouraged her readers to support worthy causes and she herself supported animal and paediatric charities. A film starring Helena Bonham Carter was based on her life.
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