11th August 1897

On This Day…
11th August 1897
Enid Blyton Born
Children’s writer. Born Enid Mary Blyton at 354 Lordship Lane, East Dulwich. Best known for creating the character of Little Noddy and the ‘Famous Five’ stories. Her works have been translated into nearly ninety languages and have sold more than 600 million copies worldwide. In the changing climate of the 1960s, she was accused of racism and sexism, and her books were removed from some libraries. In more recent editions, the golliwogs are now goblins, the beating of children has been toned down to scolding, and in ‘The Faraway Tree’, the characters of Dick and Fanny have been renamed as Rick and Frannie. Died at the Greenways Nursing Home, 11 Fellows Road, Hampstead.
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