Tuesday, January 26, 2016

The Adventures of Scamp

We love books about adventurous dogs! Scamp is one I remember from my puppyhood. Here are a few facts about the author and her books.

Here are a few facts about Enid Blyton, British novelist, children's book writer, poet, and teacher.

  1. Enid Blyton ( Mary Pollack) was born on 11th August 1897 in London. 
  2. She had a difficult relationship with her mother. Her father moved away when she was young. She didn’t attend either her mother’s or father’s funeral. 
  3. Blyton went to St Christopher’s School in Beckenham – she was head girl. She enjoyed her lessons, other than math.
  4. She trained as a teacher at Ipswich High School. As a teacher she wrote in her spare time.
  5. Blyton’s first published book, of poetry, was titled Child Whispers. It came out in 1922. 
  6. In August 1924, Blyton married Major Hugh Alexander Pollock. He was the editor at the publishing house George Newnes. He published some of Enid’s books. 
  7. Blyton authored many children’s books and series, the most famous of which are: The Famous Five series, The Adventure series, The Mystery series, The Secret Seven series, The Magic Faraway Tree, The Noddy books, The Malory Towers series and many, many more. 
  8. Her books have sold more than 600 million copies. 
  9. Blyton sometimes wrote under the pen name Mary Pollock. 
  10. Despite being a well-loved writer, it seems that Enid Blyton wasn’t a very pleasant person. She cheated on her husband, and when they were going through a divorce she tried to stop him from seeing their children. Her daughter, Imogen, called her “arrogant, insecure and pretentious”.  
  11. Blyton wrote her books on a typewriter, not planning her stories in advance, allowing her imagination to take her from the beginning to the very last word. She was able to write 10,000 words in one day! 
  12. Enid Blyton died on the 28th of November 1968. She was 71 years. She was cremated, and her ashes are placed at Golders Green Crematorium. 
Learn more here:
http://www.enidblytonsociety.co.uk/search.php?search=mary+pollock http://primaryfacts.com/727/enid-blyton-facts/

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