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Overview of Enid Blyton

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Enid Blyton was born on 11 August 1897 at 354 Lordship Lane, London. Her father Thomas Carey Blyton is a salesman of cutlery, and her mother’s name is Theresa Mary.

She is the eldest child and she has two younger brothers Hanley and Carey. Blyton had the education at St. Christopher’s School in Beckenham from 1907 to 1915. There she also used to enjoy physical activities along with the academics.

She used to be a talented pianist but then she had to give up her musical studies when she trained as a teacher at Ipswich High School. She worked as a teacher for five years at several places such as Bickley, Surbiton and Chessington and in the idle time she used to indulge herself in writing.

Her first book, “Child Whispers”, which is a collection of poems, was published in 1922. In A ugust 1924, Blyton got married to Major Hugh Alexander Pollock, an editor of the book department in the publishing firm of George Newnes. They both moved to Buckinghamshire. They had two children named Gillian Mary Baverstock and Imogen Mary Smallwood.

In the mid-1930s Blyton decided to convert from the “Church of England” to “Roman Catholicism” as she found the former too restricting. In 1939, her relationship with Pollock got into bit of trouble and finally got divorced.

In 1941, she met Kenneth Fraser Darrell Waters, a surgeon in London with whom she began a friendship and later turned their friendship into marriage. They married at the City of Westminster Register Office in 1943. Pollock also remarried and had a little contract with his daughters. Blyton was quite happy with her second marriage.

Kenneth died in 1967 and left Blyton unwell. She was affected by Alzheimer’s disease and was moved into a nursing home. After three months of being treated at the nursing home, she finally died on 28 November 1968. She was cremated at the Golders Green Crematorium where her ashes remain.

In all she wrote around 800 books in her career of 40 years. Presently, Chorion Limited of London owns and handles the intellectual properties of Enid Blyton.

By FW Editor

Tags: 1897, london, writer

Category: Celebrities  - ( Celebrities Archive)

Date Added: 20 April '10

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