Enid Blyton

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Enid Mary Blyton (11 August 1897 – 28 November 1968) was an English children's writer known as both Enid Blyton and Mary Pollock. She was one of the most successful children's storytellers of the twentieth century.

She is noted for numerous series of books based on recurring characters and designed for different age groups. Her books have enjoyed popular success in many parts of the world, and have sold over 600 million copies. Enid Blyton is the fifth most translated author worldwide: over 3544 translations of her books were available in 2007 according to UNESCO's Index Translationum.[1] she overtook Vladimir Lenin to get the fifth place behind Shakespeare.

One of Blyton's most widely known characters is Noddy, intended for early years readers. However, her main forte is the young readers' novels, where children have their own adventures with minimal adult help. In this genre, particularly popular series include the Famous Five (consisting of 21 novels, 1942–1963, based on four children and their dog), the Five Find-Outers and Dog, (15 novels, 1943–1961, where five children regularly outwit the local police) as well as the Secret Seven (15 novels, 1949–1963, a society of seven children who solve various mysteries).

Her work involves children's adventure stories, and fantasy, sometimes involving magic. Her books were and still are enormously popular throughout the Commonwealth; as translations in the former Yugoslavia, Japan; as adaptations in Arabic; and across most of the globe. Her work has been translated into nearly 90 languages.

Blyton's literary output was of an estimated 800 books over roughly 40 years. Chorion Limited of London now owns and handles the intellectual properties and character brands of Blyton's Noddy and the Famous Five.

In September 2010 Seven Stories, the Centre for Children's Books purchased at auction [2] several original Enid Blyton typescripts,making Seven Stories the largest public collector of Blyton material. The purchase was made possible by special funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, MLA/V&A Purchase Grant Fund and two private donations.

The archive material includes the typescripts for Five Have A Wonderful Time, Five Have Plenty Of Fun, and the only typescript thought to be in existence for Last Term at Malory Towers, featuring corrections and a signed foreword.[3]

Seven Stories plan to hold an exhibition to display the archive, which will run from 2012-2013 at their Newcastle Upon Tyne based children’s book museum.

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