Enid Blyton

Enid Blyton | First Editions

1897 - 1968

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. Blyton wrote on a wide range of topics including education, natural history, fantasy, mystery, and biblical narratives and is best remembered today for her NoddyFamous FiveSecret Seven, and Adventure series.

Whilst facing rejected manuscripts and criticism, Blyton gained her teaching certificate, with distinctions in zoology and principles of education, a 1st class in botany, geography, practice and history of education, child hygiene and class teaching, and a 2nd class in literature and elementary mathematics. Blyton’s formal education and passion for writing continued in a symbiotic relationship throughout much of her life. Indeed, when Blyton cemented her reputation as a children’s writer in 1926 (in her new role as editor of Sunny Stories, a magazine re-telling legends, stories and articles for children), the same year saw her presented with her own column in Teachers’ World, entitled “From my Window”.

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