ENID MARY BLYTON

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Enid Mary Blyton was an English children's writer whose books have been among the world's best-sellers since the 1930s. Her books are still very popular. She wrote on a wide range of topics including education, natural history, fantasy mystery, and biblical narratives, and is best remembered for her Noddy, Famous Five, Secret Seven, and Malory Towers.

Enid felt that she had a responsibility to provide her readers with a strong moral framework, so she encouraged them to support worthy causes. There have been several adaptations of her books for stage, screen, and television.

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Enid Mary Blyton was born on 11th August 1897 in East Dulwich, South London and spent her childhood in Beckenham, Kent, with her two younger brothers, Hanly and Carey. Enid’s father, Thomas, to whom she was very close, was a clothing wholesaler. Her mother, Theresa, devoted her time to housework, expecting her daughter to contribute to household chores.

Enid Blyton was a bright, popular and sporty girl, and was appointed Head Girl in her final two years at St. Christopher’s School for Girls in Beckenham. Outside of school life, Enid created a magazine called Dabwith two friends, for which Enid wrote short stories.

In September 1916, Enid turned down her place at the Guildhall School of Music and enrolled herself on a Froebel-based teacher-training course at Ipswich High School. She completed her teacher training in December 1918, and went on to teach at a boys’ preparatory school in Kent before becoming a governess to four brothers in Surbiton, Surrey.

In the early 1920s, she began to achieve success with her writing – her first book, Child Whispers, a slim volume of poetry, was published in 1922.  Through the 1920s and 1930s, more of Enid’s books were published, including a number of educational books.