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 OVERVIEWS OR OPENING PARAGRAPHS

OF EACH OF THE TEN CHAPTERS IN SECTION ONE OF

ENID BLYTON - THE UNTOLD STORY

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If you have already read the Summary of the Book presented on another page in this website, you'll find these Overviews and Opening Paragraph(s) much more informative. They are presented here as they will appear in the book, with some modifications, to prepare you for wonderful surprises that await you.

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CHAPTER I

ENID THE NATURALIST

OVERVIEW

In this first chapter we see Enid Blyton in a field we have never seen her in before. From her instructive expeditions in the countryside with her father to explore the wonders and beauty of Nature to her qualifications in zoology and botany, we follow her as she receives one commission after another to write books, nature articles and nature readers; take a look into the Nature Section of books she wrote for teachers and learn about the little-known nature books she wrote for children.

CHAPTER II

ENID THE POET

OVERVIEW

By the time we get to the end of this chapter we'll see how Enid Blyton became aware of her gift of poetry, her struggle to develop it and the opportunities that came her way to see her poems in print. We'll also see how she rose from obscurity to become The Teachers World adorable and exclusive poet. We then move on to review her poetry books and take a look at her poems published in periodicals, anthologies and at those she wrote for people in high places. The chapter ends with a call for her achievement in this field to be recognised.

CHAPTER III

ENID THE COLUMNIST & FEATURE WRITER

OPENING PARAGRAPHS

In 1919, when Enid Blyton began teaching at the Bickley Park School for Boys in Kent for the first time, she was attracted to a newspaper called The Teachers World that was circulating in schools throughout the country. This newspaper was packed with news, views and interviews of interest to teachers. A brief history of The Teachers World is given in Section Two and a reproduction of the front cover of one of the editions can be seen in Appendix 21.

One reason for this attraction could be that since it carried from time to time stories and poems for children, she could try to see whether the editor would also carry her own stories and poems. Little did she know that some seven years later she was going, not only to be the biggest contributor of stories and poems to the newspaper, but also to hold down a column, From My Window, faithfully for over four years, thrilling teachers and their pupils alike with one fascinating article after another...

In this chapter we take a look at the origin, development and termination of her column and its transformation, first into a Letter to Boys & Girls and subsequently, into a Children's Page. Then we move on to consider other pages she held in the same newspaper and in other periodicals from time to time.

CHAPTER IV

ENID THE EDITOR

OVERVIEW

In this chapter we take a look at another type of work Enid Blyton was doing when she was holding down a column in The Teachers World and writing nature, poetry and storybooks for children. Here she is presented as Editor - General  and Associate - of educational works and other related publications. Let us begin with the first, Editor of Educational Works...

CHAPTER V

ENID THE UNIVERSAL TEACHER

OPENING PARAGRAPHS

In 1905, when Enid was about eight years old, a strange thing happened to her. She was at home one day when a Phrenologist, whom her father had invited, put her to sit in a chair and pressed his hands over the entire surface of her head. He was looking for signs, in the form of bumps, that would tell him whether Enid had any gift, talent or special ability...

To come back to our subject, when the phrenological examination was over, it was expected that the Phrenologist would reveal his findings on the spot, so that those present might know what discovery he had made, but her father quickly stopped him from doing so. Let's now turn to Enid's own recollection for the rest of the story...

CHAPTER VI

ENID THE PROLIFIC SONGWRITER

OPENING PARAGRAPHS

As stated in the previous chapter, teaching, through the medium of her pen, was Enid's great gift. By turning to teaching, she sacrificed years of music training that would have resulted in her becoming a professional pianist, with unlimited possibilities for giving concerts to packed halls and revelling in the applause and publicity.

Music, however, didn't go out of her life entirely. Waiting silently in the background, it was to find full expression in a field she never knew she would venture into. That field is songwriting...

With these facts in mind, let us now take a close look at her songwriting activities. For convenience I put them in the following categories...

CHAPTER VII

ENID THE PROFESSIONAL STORYTELLER

OVERVIEW

...This chapter is divided into two parts. In Part One we endeavour to find out how it all began. How did she become interested in storytelling? What was her qualification for the art? Did she possess some talent that other storytellers lack? If so, what is this talent? Then we inquire into her strong belief in fairies, take a look at her technique in telling fairytales and examine some theories about the nature and characteristics of these curious folks.

In Part Two, we find an analysis of her curious writing method followed by a presentation of three theories to account for the way she wrote her stories. Did she invent them? Were they the work of some supernatural agent, given to her ready-made through a process known as Automatic Writing? Did they come from her subconscious mind, through a process called the Association of Ideas? Or can they be put down to clairvoyance and other unknown psychic phenomena? The section concludes with the theory that is the most satisfactory. 

CHAPTER VIII

ENID THE PLAYWRIGHT

OVERVIEW

That Enid branched out into Playwriting at a time when she had so many things going on will surprise many of us. With no formal training in this field she was, apparently, ill-equipped to practice the art. Yet by the time she was twenty-five years old, she was writing plays for schools at first, and for the theatre many years later, plays that were to captivate audiences of children everywhere and earn her warm praise and admiration from all quarters.

In this chapter we find out how it all began, learn something about her plays published in books and other media and marvel at how she was able to harness or adapt her writing method, described in the previous chapter, to the new medium...

CHAPTER IX

ENID THE ARTIST & ILLUSTRATOR

OVERVIEW

In previous chapters we've seen Enid as a Poet, Songwriter and Playwright and learned about her poems, songs and plays. In this chapter we take a look at the last and least known of all her artistic endowments - that of an Artist and Illustrator.

In doing so, we are taken first of all into the wonderful field of Physiognomy - the science of reading character and revealing gifts, talents and special abilities from studying the features of the face. A brief history of Physiognomy is given in Section II, under the heading: Physiognomy & Phrenology - The Rise and Fall of Two Great 'Sciences'. 

Is it true that there are signs in the face for gifts, talents and special abilities? If so, did Enid's face show any such sign(s)? The answers to these questions can be found in this chapter. We then move on to consider evidence to support the assertion she was an Artist & Illustrator...

CHAPTER X

ENID THE PASSIONATE GARDENER

OVERVIEW

In this last chapter we're going to learn about Enid's gardening experience and its impact on her work as a universal teacher and professional storyteller. We'll also learn about the main houses she lived in and the reasons for her moving from time to time. As the article develops, we'll see how this extensive gardening experience eventually led to her writing a wonderful book about birds, The Bird Book, and her elaboration of Round the Year with Enid Blyton, an extensive Nature Study and Gardening course she wrote for schools. We'll then move on to consider in turn, The Bird Book, the four books resulting from the Nature Study and Gardening course, and The Children's Garden, the only textbook on gardening she ever wrote for children. The chapter ends with the description of a magnificent gardening project she undertook in later years that was the pinnacle of her gardening experience.

A page showing a graphic description of birds, from The Bird Book (right).

NOTE: The three dots (...) at the end of some of the preceding sentences indicate that something has been left out. The missing part(s) can be read in full when you buy a copy of the book.

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Other things you'll find in Section Two of the book, for which no Overviews or Opening Paragraph(s) are given here, include:

  • Why Some of Enid Blyton's Stories are not Up to Standard - a real eye-opener for all those who have been criticising her stories.
  • A Brief History of The Teachers World.
  • A Brief History of Enid Blyton's Literary Estate.
  • The Enid Blyton Trust - A Short History.
  • A Brief History of the Enid Blyton's Magazine.
  • Phrenology & Physiognomy - The Rise & Fall of Two Great 'Sciences'.
  • The Sunny Stories Magazine - A Phenomenal Success
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