Enid Blyton, children's author
Interview with British novelist Enid Blyton, the queen of children's literature, in her English cottage.
Enid Blyton (1897-1968), an English novelist, specialised herself in children's literature right from the beginning of her career.
She taught for a few years before dedicating herself completely to writing. The publication of the first volume of the popular Famous Five series, written between 1942 and 1963, made her famous worldwide, especially in France, which continues to publish the 21 books of in the Bibliothèque Rose series since 1954. She tells the story of a group of four kids, Claude, Annie, Mick and François and their dog Dagobert, who are in charge of solving police enigmas. Later on, between 1942 and 1963, the Secret Seven, made up of fifteen stories, also encountered much success.
Her books, translated into more than fifty languages, have sold over 400 million copies. The Oui-Oui series, which started in 1949, is destined for much younger readers, who are learning to read. She has been accused of writing without style and of portraying an over-simplified world, but it has to be said that her works have allowed many young children to become interested in reading. Enid Blyton wants to reinforce children's talent for reading while allowing them to discover the world around them, thanks to exciting stories that are full of twists and turns.