Enid Blyton, the widely read British movelist and the author of popular series like the Famous Five, Secret Seven, The Naughtiest Girl, was born on August 11, 1897 in London.
Her first publication was a poem that appeared in a children’s magazine when she was only 14, and in 1917 another of her poems was published in Nash’s Magazine. Blyton worked briefly as a teacher and governess, but by 1921 her stories and poems were appearing steadily in various magazines, and her first book of poems, Child Whispers, was published in 1922. Blyton devoted herself full-time to writing from about 1924. From then until about 1965, she wrote more than 600 children’s books and wrote innumerable articles for magazines. Some of her stories first appeared in Enid Blyton’s Sunny Stories and other magazines she founded and edited over the years.
She passed away on November 28, 1968.