Enid Blyton | First Editions
1897 - 1968Enid 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 Noddy, Famous Five, Secret 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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London: Methuen and Co., 1942. [Children's Illustrated]. FIRST EDITION. Octavo (19 x 13cm), pp. 163 . Illustrated throughout with wood engravings by Knowles, including a frontispiece. Publisher's yellow cloth with indigo titles to spine and upper board. With white pictorial dust-jacket. Blue ink ownership inscription of Janet Longman to front...
London: Richard Cohen Books, 1997. FIRST EDITION, SIGNED by the author and her father, the Oscar-winning lyricist Tim Rice. Square octavo, pp.208. Illustrated throughout. Publisher's hardback cloth in pictorial wrapper. A near fine copy. Both enthusiastic and scholarly, this is a fine reference work on the world of Enid Blyton...