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Have you heard of Enid Blyton?
Old 08-12-2022, 05:56 AM
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Today’s Factle taught me I don’t know children’s literature as well as I thought I did.
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Enid Mary Blyton (11 August 1897 – 28 November 1968) was an English children's writer, whose books have been worldwide bestsellers since the 1930s, selling more than 600 million copies. Her books are still enormously popular and have been translated into 90 languages.


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Old 08-12-2022, 06:21 AM
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I read many of her books as a child. We had 2 or 3 of the Adventure series of our own and got others out of the library. Fusty musty dusty!
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Old 08-12-2022, 08:05 AM
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I have not read any of her books and I was a voracious reader as a child. That book cover is not familiar at all to me. Now I’m going to have to ask my childhood friends (also voracious readers) if they know her.
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Old 08-12-2022, 09:47 AM
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amiga, it's interesting that you bring up Enid Blyton. Her books were very popular in Europe and she was a prolific writer. I read a handful of Blyton's books when I was 10-12 years old.

Thinking back, I realize that the kids in the books came from (upper) middle class backgrounds with governesses and housekeepers and for that time very stereotypical good guys and bad guys. I was fascinated with the lifestyles of those kids.

I don't think her books from the '50s/'60s would stand the test of time, as everything was very black and white. Literally, as black people and Romani people were usually villains, and so were "shifty" Russians and Germans. And also pretty sexist, as girls were supposed to act one way and the boys another way. The friends were also very class-conscious and looked down on those from lower classes. People knew their place. Obviously how Blyton wrote was a reflection of her time, and I am happy that those times are gone.

I did a search for her books in my public library online, and the only Blyton books I found were in Spanish.
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Old 08-12-2022, 11:00 AM
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Thanks, cvt, for those wonderful insights.

When I was a kid I read The Hardy Boys. No Nancy Drew for me. I was a tomboy and became a huge proponent of “women’s lib.” I’ll refrain from commenting on current politics, but you know.


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Old 08-12-2022, 11:55 AM
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Nope! That was an interesting puzzle today! I did better than I expected!
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Old 08-12-2022, 02:23 PM
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To someone who grew up in a Commonwealth country in the 60s, this is one of the strangest questions I’ve ever seen. Her books were (and to some extent, still are) everywhere. A child who hadn’t read Noddy or Famous Five was an oddity. The Faraway Tree is still a standard read aloud for year 2.

I actually wasn’t, and am still not, a huge fan, and my mother tried to ban her and all her work (“poorly written trash”) but her work was just too pervasive for a ban to be efffective.
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Old 08-12-2022, 02:53 PM
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The Twins at St. Clares by Enid Blyton was one of my favourite books. I read it when I was 10. I asked my parents if I could go to boarding school after reading it.
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Oh my gosh!
Old 08-12-2022, 03:21 PM
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I grew up reading her books! My grandparents lived in Scotland, and every time we visited my grandma would have books for me. I have such great memories of lying under the goose down duvet and devouring those books!

When my grandma came to the states we went to k mart, and she bought me Nancy Drew books.

Thank you so much for making me remember these awesome memories!
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Old 08-12-2022, 04:20 PM
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I had never heard of her until Factle. I do love that when I googled her, the first image that came up was a book called "Five Give Up the Booze"

I was a voracious reader as a child (still am, really), but I had not heard of her.


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Old 08-12-2022, 05:06 PM
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I read a lot growing up as well and never heard of this author. I was a child in the 70’s and in middle school and high school in the 80’s so maybe she was a little before my time.

I did read the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew, and a book with the title character who has the same name as me written by Julie Edwards who I recently found out is Julie Andrews. She was married to a man named Edwards at some point.

I also enjoyed the Beverly Clearly books, Little House on the Prairie, and Heidi. Some of these seem to be books others here have read as well.
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Old 08-12-2022, 05:43 PM
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To someone who grew up in a Commonwealth country in the 60s, this is one of the strangest questions I’ve ever seen.
Wow, I didn’t mean my question to be strange or offensive. Wow. Where I come from, admitting you don’t know something and wanting to learn more about it is a good thing.
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Old 08-12-2022, 06:07 PM
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I don't think she meant strange as in offensive. I think she meant strange as in "this author is so well known where I come from that it's strange (astonishing) to think that not everyone knows her"
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Old 08-12-2022, 06:15 PM
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Oh thanks, Pooh, that makes me feel much better. I thought I’d somehow insulted national pride.
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Old 08-12-2022, 07:03 PM
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Wow, I didn’t mean my question to be strange or offensive. Wow. Where I come from, admitting you don’t know something and wanting to learn more about it is a good thing.
I think you've misinterpreted (or I wasn't clear) my meaning of "strange". I meant strange in the sense of Enid Blyton is such a pervasive part of the culture of children's books that it never crossed my mind that it wouldn't be the same anywhere in the English speaking world.

Thanks, poohbear, that's exactly what I meant.

Now, my question, does "strange" mean "offensive"? To me, "strange" is unusual, unfamiliar, unexpected. Not offensive in any way.
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Old 08-12-2022, 07:11 PM
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(((Tiamat))) I’m sorry I misinterpreted.

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Definition of STRANGE (adjective): unusual or unexpected; not familiar or known to you; making you feel uncomfortable, embarrassed, or ill.
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I had never heard of her until Factle. I do love that when I googled her, the first image that came up was a book called "Five Give Up the Booze
I had to find out more……There is also a book Five Go Gluten Free. What??? Seems like there is grownup series of the books written by a different author within the past 10 years. One with a sense of humor for sure!
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Old 08-12-2022, 07:17 PM
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I was also a voracious reader as a child and never heard of Enid Blyton until this post.
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