Enid Blyton (1897–1968) was an English children's writer whose books
have sold more than 600 million copies. She wrote on a wide range of
topics, but is best remembered for her Noddy, Famous Five, and Secret
Seven series. Her first book, Child Whispers (cover pictured), was
published in 1922. Following the success of her early novels such as
Adventures of the Wishing-Chair (1937) and The Enchanted Wood (1939),
Blyton went on to build a literary empire, sometimes producing fifty
books a year. Her work became increasingly controversial from the 1950s
onwards because of the alleged unchallenging nature of her writing and
the themes of her books. Some libraries and schools banned her works,
which the BBC had refused to broadcast from the 1930s until the 1950s
because they were perceived to lack literary merit. Her books have been
criticised as being elitist, sexist, racist, xenophobic and at odds with
the more liberal environment emerging in post-war Britain, but have
continued to be bestsellers. The story of her life was dramatised in a
2009 BBC film, Enid, featuring Helena Bonham Carter; there have also
been several adaptations of her books for stage, screen and television.
Read more: <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enid_Blyton>
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dead tree edition:
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The soul may always say, whether occupied with temporal or
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and happy the soul which has attained to it!
--John of the Cross
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