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Enid Blyton was probably the most prolific and successful children's writer of the twentieth century. In three decades she produced more than four hundred titles: picture-books for small children, fairy stories, adventure stories, school stories, fantasy, religious and nature works, and two very popular weekly magazines. She hit her highest annual output—37 titles—twice: in 1951 and again in 1955. Bibliographic Citation link. Editions of titles beginning with her name account for about 370 items in the Bodleian Library catalogue.
Her writing was controversial, however, abused in print by some educationalists as formula fiction which inculcated conventionality and reinforced class stereotypes, making no real demand on the mind and no appeal to the imagination. Some children read her against the wishes of their parents or schools. At a later date particular elements were singled out as racist.
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11 August 1897 EB was born above a shop at 354 Lordship Lane in East Dulwich, London, the eldest of her parents' three children. Bibliographic Citation link.
Autumn 1942 EB issued the first title in her 'Famous Five' adventure series: Five on a Treasure Island: An Adventure Story for Boys and Girls. Bibliographic Citation link.
21 March 1949 EB wrote that she had finished composing the first two books about her most famous character of all, Noddy. The first in the series, Noddy goes to Toyland, reached print the same year. Bibliographic Citation link.
28 November 1968 EB died in a Hampstead nursing home, fourteen months after the death of her second husband. Bibliographic Citation link.
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