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BLYTON, Enid (Mary) (1897–1968) The most commercially successful British children’s author 

The Oxford Companion to Children's Literature

Daniel Hahn

of her time. She was born in London, and spent her childhood in the suburb of Beckenham. Her parents’ marriage was quarrelsome, and when she was nearly thirteen her father, who made a living from various forms of business enterprise, walked out. Enid was shattered by this, and took to writing sentimental poetry as a psychological escape. In her early teens she had a poem accepted by one of ... ...

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