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Enid Blyton

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Enid Mary Blyton (August 11, 1897–November 28, 1968) was a British children’s author. She is noted for numerous series of books based on recurring characters and designed for different age groups. Her books have enjoyed popular success in many parts of the world, and have exceeded sales of 400 million. In 2006, Blyton was the fifth most popular author in the world, according to the Index Translationum, measured by the volume, over 3300, of translations of her works, after Lenin but ahead of Barbara Cartland.

One of her most widely known characters is Noddy. Other particularly popular series include the Famous Five (consisting of 21 novels, 1942–1963, based on four children and their dog who have various adventures) and Secret Seven books (consisting of 15 novels, 1949–1963, about a society of seven children who solve various mysteries).

Her work involves children’s adventure stories, and fantasy, often involving magic. Her books were and still are enormously popular in Britain, India, New Zealand, Pakistan and Australia. Her work has been translated into nearly 90 languages, including Portuguese Dutch, Chinese, Finnish, French, German, Hebrew, Japanese, Malay, Slovenian, Spanish, and Swedish. Translated versions became and have remained extremely popular in many parts of Europe and Asia.

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