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Enid Blyton

(1897-1968), Children's writer

Enid Mary Blyton

Sitter in 7 portraits
Blyton created Noddy, one of the most popular and enduring children's characters, in 1949. Educated at boarding school and trained as a governess, by 1921 Blyton's children's stories were appearing regularly in magazines and she was able to give up teaching. In a career spanning thirty-five years she wrote picture books and many children's novels, including the Malory Towers school series, and the Famous Five and Secret Seven adventures. She was said to have written between six and ten thousand words per day, working on a portable typewriter on her knee.

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Imogen Pollock; Enid Blyton, by John Gay - NPG x47292

Imogen Pollock; Enid Blyton

by John Gay
bromide print, 1949
NPG x47292

Enid Blyton; Bunny May as Noddy, by Derek Allen - NPG x32792

Enid Blyton; Bunny May as Noddy

by Derek Allen
bromide print, 1953
NPG x32792

Enid Blyton; Janette Scott, by Paul Popper - NPG x184252

Enid Blyton; Janette Scott

by Paul Popper
bromide press print, 22 December 1954
NPG x184252

Enid Blyton; Patricia Cree, by Keystone Press Agency Ltd - NPG x184250

Enid Blyton; Patricia Cree

by Keystone Press Agency Ltd
bromide press print, 21 December 1955
NPG x184250

Enid Blyton, by Unknown photographer - NPG x184251

Enid Blyton

by Unknown photographer
bromide press print, 1955
NPG x184251

Carlo Cura as Noddy; Enid Blyton, by Unknown photographer - NPG x30418

Carlo Cura as Noddy; Enid Blyton

by Unknown photographer
bromide press print, 1961
NPG x30418

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