Enid Mary Blyton - highly published children's author. She attended school in Beckenham, Kent, showing a prolific skill for story-telling, indeed, she eventually wrote more than six hundred books. Aged eighteen, Enid left home to live in Suffolk. Her host, Ida Hunt, encouraged her to become a teacher. In 1919, after three years training, she started at a private school for boys. then, in 1920, she became governess to the four sons of the Thompson family at Hook, now near the Kingston By-Pass. Here she started to get her works published. In 1924 she married Major Hugh Pollock, an editor for George Newnes, her publishers. They settled at Beaconsfield. The marriage was dissolved, leaving Enid free to marry Kenneth Darrell Waters, surgeon, in 1943. Much of Enid Blyton's work was in serial form for magazines, with Enid leaving her readers in suspense and wanting more. She is best known for her 'Famous Five' adventure books, sometimes satorised by lesser writers. An enduring character was 'Noddy' with his friend 'Big Ears'. The books were illustrated by Harmsen van der Beek, but Noddy was also a t.v. star. He appeared everywhere - toys, wall-paper, board-games - you name it. He was an early superstar. In the swinging sixties there was a backlash. Public libraries rushed to remove Enid Blyton's books from their shelves. Critical of children's choice of reading matter, they set about restricting that choice. At this time, Enid Blyton had been living in north London. Suffering dementia, she entered a nursing home in Hampstead and died shortly after. She was cremated at Golders Green and her ashes were kept there for a while before being passed on. Enid Blyton also wrote under the pen name of Mary Pollock.
Gravesite Details The greatest racists are those who accuse others of racism. Enid Blyton was so accused.