Cave of Books
Please step carefully — there are literally thousands of books and magazines here, going right back to Enid's early days. How many books do you think she wrote? How many of her short stories, plays, poems and non-fiction articles were published? How many compilations and continuations were published after her death? This is the place to find out!
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All the books in this section are full-length stories, which are in most cases divided into chapters. All were originally published as hardbacks and even the shorter ones (novelettes) are at least 60 pages long. There are a total of 186 books in this section.
Books are included in this section when the entire book is about one character (or set of characters) but the book cannot be considered a novel or novelette. This section contains 258 character books that can be broken down into three distinct types, Short Story Books, Picture Story Books and Strip Books.
This huge section contains all the numerous series of short story books that were published, a total of 985 books. Some of these books were used in more than one series and appeared in a completely different format.
The 267 books in this section are all broadly based on education. The section is subdivided into six parts, Poetry and Song Books, Readers, Plays, Courses and Encyclopaedias, Religious Books and Non-fiction Books.
The 227 books in this section are all the remaining ones that donít really fit into any of the other categories. It is subdivided into four parts, Books with Mixed Contents, Painting and Novelty Books, Omnibus Editions and Annuals.
Most of the 187 books in this section are either sequels or prequels to Enid Blyton series and have not been written by Enid Blyton. I have also included some one-off books which were written by Enid Blyton, but have been heavily edited to form series.
None of the 290 books in this section was written or edited by Enid Blyton, but all the various annuals, anthologies and readers contain Blyton Contributions. Many of the stories were written specially for the books concerned and have never been published elsewhere.
Between 1927 and 1959, Enid Blyton wrote the entire contents of three different series of 964 magazines, Sunny Stories for Little Folks, Enid Blyton's Sunny Stories and Enid Blytonís Magazine. Full details, contents and illustrators are listed for all.
Looking round the Cave, I thought there should be room put aside for some of the many games, puzzles and toys which featured Enid Blyton characters. I have the records of the Noddy Subsidiary Rights Co., which show that in the early 60s there were 146 companies producing Noddy merchandise. This section will show some of these items, as well as cards and puzzles that feature other Blyton characters and series.
Enid Blyton contributed stories, poems and articles to a large number of magazines, newspapers and comics and many of these were specially written and cannot be found anywhere else. This section is likely to grow as more and more things come to the surface.
This section contains the many records, cassettes and cds that were issued. Some of the audio versions were multi-voiced dramatisations, whilst others were just straightforward readings of books or short stories. I have not included the various cassettes and cds that have been made from continuation novels written by authors other than Enid Blyton.