What Are Some Of Enid Blyton's Most Famous Books?


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Lucy Burroughs Profile
Lucy Burroughs answered
Enid Blyton was a prolific British children's author, who also wrote under the pseudonym Mary Pollock. Over forty years, Blyton wrote an estimated eight hundred books, the most famous of which are the Noddy, Famous Five and Faraway Tree stories.

The Noddy Books
This series is aimed at young children. Set in Toyland, Noddy focuses on a little wooden toy named Noddy and his best friend, Big Ears the brownie. Television shows based on Noddy's adventures have been airing on British TV since 1955.

Adventures and Detective Stories: The Famous Five and The Secret Seven
Both the Famous Five and Secret Seven series focus on groups of children (the five and seven after whom the series are named). They make it their business to solve local mysteries and go on adventures.
The Famous Five books are aimed at older children than The Secret Seven books, and Blyton also wrote several other strings of novels in the same vein, including the series The Five Find-Outers.

Boarding School Stories: Malory Towers, St. Clare's and The Naughtiest Girl
With plots based around day-to-day life at boarding school, these books tend to focus on midnight feasts, friendship groups, practical jokes and sneaking around the school at night.

Other Famous Enid Blyton Books
Enid Blyton is also remembered for her fantasy books, including the Wishing-Chair and Faraway Tree series. In these stories, the children tend to be transported into magical worlds filled with fairies, pixies, elves and other fantastical creatures.
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Enid Mary Blyton, world famous British children's writer, was born in London, England on the 11th of August 1897. Working as a teacher, Enid Blyton wrote in her spare time. Blyton's first success, a collection of poems, was 'Child Whispers,' published when she was just twenty-five years old, in 1922.

Enid Blyton's success grew, and over a period of forty years, she wrote eight hundred books. This can be broken down to approximately twenty books per year, for forty years.

Some of Enid Blyton's most popular works include, "The Naughtiest Girl" series, "The Magic Faraway Tree" series, "The Secret Seven" series, "The Wishing Chair" series and the "Mary Mouse" series. Her most famous work, however, has to be her "Noddy" series which is, today, watched by children in front of their televisions, all around the world.

Enid Blyton, living in a nursing home due to Alzeimer's Disease, died on the 28th of November, 1968. She was seventy-one years old.
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  • Malory Towers
  • The Twins at St Claire
  • Secret Seven
  • The 5 Find-Outers
Justin Moore Profile
Justin Moore answered

Blyton was a teacher and author who wrote searing stories for children, with didactic plots and clearly delineated characters, with palpable titles such as The Famous Five and The Secret Seven.

Enid Mary Blyton was born on 11th August 1897, at East Dulwich, the daughter of a prosperous manufacturer and a minor society lady. In 1898, the family moved to leafy Beckenham, a middle class retreat for the well to do. The young Blyton was given the basic elements of a decent education with a particular emphasis on music in the hope that she would become a concert pianist, but at the age of nineteen, she announced that she wished to take up the teaching profession.

Blyton was retained as a teacher at Ipswich High School, an institution of some repute, where, by all accounts, she performed her duties in a satisfactory manner and filled in her vacant time with the writing of children’s stories. In 1924, Blyton made a good marriage to Major H A Pollock D S O and, in accordance with the mores of the time, retired from teaching to become a housewife and mother. The couple had two children, but the marriage was neither happy nor successful.

The less than onerous duties of a suburban housewife, allowed more vacant time than had the teaching profession and this allowed Blyton to write more productively. Her major works had an overriding theme of a group of children, bound together by fate or family circumstances, who find themselves involved in a confrontation with a set of villains, and heroically, despite every adversity, overcome the evil gang and emerge triumphant, where the efforts of adults, parents and police alike, had failed through lack of imagination. Amongst this genre, groups with such transparently alliterative names as The Famous Five and The Secret Seven, comprised a variety of characters, which allowed the reader to identify with the one to whom they felt closest.

In addition to this genre, Blyton created what was to become her most famous character of Little Noddy, a naïve puppet like figure, of early school age, whose calamitous misadventures land him in a succession of scrapes from which he is extricated by his mentors, Big Ears the gnome, and the onomatopoeically apt, Mr Plod the policeman.

Blyton’s characteristics were a narrow vocabulary with a minimalist prose style, which made her work accessible to novice readers. Her work was much criticised for being racist, the ‘gollywogs’ dark skinned, wide lipped characters inhabiting a jungle-like forest appearing as villains, while the paler skinned, better dressed characters inhabit the bourgeois and respectable Toytown. Her story, The Little Black Doll, in which the eponymous black character wishes to become pink, came in for particular criticism, but ironically when the text was rewritten posthumously and the storyline inverted, it became the epitome of sound political correctness.

Blyton’s unassuming style led to certain risible interpretations, such as Noddy ‘jumping into bed with’ Big Ears, which was capable of misinterpretation by the lewd, minded. Characters in The Magic Faraway Tree called Dick and Fanny are open to Freudian misinterpretation but the character of George in The Famous Five, a girl who acts like and is taken for a boy, far from being indicative of the character’s sexual orientation, was a political statement, ahead of its time in terms of women’s liberation.

In 1939, Blyton became involved with a London surgeon, Dr Kenneth Darrell-Waters and, after divorcing her husband, married him in 1943. Blyton continued to write prolifically until she was struck by a nervous complaint in 1967 and was obliged to move into a rest home. She died on 28th November 1968 and her funeral took place at Putney Vale Crematorium. [Stag Lane, London SW15 3DZ]

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