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Controversies Related to Enid Blyton's Writes

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It was reported that various children’s libraries removed some of Blyton’s works from the shelves. Some of the librarians used to say that Blyton’s restricted use of language, her teaching background influenced against appreciation of literary qualities.

The details of anti-Blyton attacks are also given in Robert Druce’s “This Day Our Daily Fictions”. Janice Dohn, an American children’s librarian, commented on Blyton regarding his devices and tone through “British Journal of Education” in 1995.

Colin Welch once wrote in “Encounter” against the Noddy character and the effect of which was seen in New Zealand, as that gave rise to the first rumor of a New Zealand “library ban” on Blyton’s books.

In November 2009, it was revealed that the BBC had put a ban on Blyton’s books. The prod ucers and the executives at that time used to describe Blyton as second-rater writer and used to say that her books were not suitable to be broadcasted.

In 1938, Blyton’s husband, Hugh Pollock, wrote to Sir John Reith, the director of BBC, that his wife was getting letters from children from many places and that she should be allowed to speak to them via the radio. However, Jean E. Sutcliffe, BC’s school broadcast department, didn’t responded positively.

After some time Blyton got the work on the radio but again it was temporarily as one of the BBC employees commented that Blyton is not perfect for radio job because of her weak dialogues.

He also added that it was very odd to think that Blyton actually is a bestseller. In 1959, Blyton’s work finally appeared on air. Jean Sutcliffe appreciated Blyton’s ability of turning an average material to some real good one and that too at very fast rate.

The responses that she used to get were very much mixed. Michael Rosen, the former Children’s Laureate commented on Blyton that her writing was very poor and there was lot of arrogance and racism in her writing.

Hence, she had to face many controversies during her career. It is truly said that a person getting the appreciation is sure enough to get involved in the controversies.

By FW Editor


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Date Added: 20 April '10


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