Enid Blyton was fond of writing
and did so during her free time. Her intrinsic love for children and close
interaction resulted in her first book Child
Whispers, a book of verse published in the year 1922. She eventually took to
writing as a profession and churned worlds of fun and fantasy for children.
Blyton’s world of fun
Enid Blyton’s first full-length novel, The Adventures of the Wishing Chair, appeared in 1937. It was within
the next thirty years that the all time favorites dripped from her pen. In her
entire career, Enid has penned over seven hundred titles. More of her creations
are still being discovered today.
books of Enid Blyton were intended for children in varying age groups. She told
tales of animals, magic, gnomes, pixies, wizards and fairies for her young
readers. Two favorite characters from this genre are probably Noddy and his
friend, brownie Big Ears.
backdrop for most of the stories were enchanting castles, islands, friendly
farmhouses, toy-sized villages, exciting circuses and boarding schools set in
idyllic backdrop. The adventures of the Secret Seven – Peter, Janet, Colin,
George, Jack, Pam and Barbara (and the irresistible dog Scamper) – thrilled
readers in the seven to nine age group. The Famous Five – Julian, Dick, Anne,
George (Georgina) and Timothy the dog – ran through a series of twenty-one
adventures. Then there were the detective books called the Mystery Series. Her
Adventure Series centered on four children and a parrot. Enid Blyton has written
three series featuring life in a boarding school. Besides, she has authored
several books set in normal day to day life. A predominant feature in all her
books and stories was the importance being given to strong moral values and
poetic justice where right always triumphed over wrong. Enid Blyton has also
written some Bible stories.
Enid Blyton contributed regularly to magazines such as
Teacher’s World. It was in Teacher’s
World that her first ever children’s story, Peronel
and his Pot of Glue appeared. She also brought out two magazines called Sunny
Stories and Enid Blyton’s Magazine. The
Adventures of Bob Bunny and Waddles
were her first children’s stories to be published in book form. In all, she
has written over ten thousand short stories and poems for her magazines. She has
also written two successful plays one of which is a Noddy pantomime. Enid Blyton
ran clubs that benefited children’s charities through her magazines.
Enid Blyton is often referred to as a publishing
phenomenon. Over two hundred and fifty million copies of her books have been
sold world-wide. Her books have been translated into more than forty languages. This
great writer of fiction for children died of a coronary thrombosis on November