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Re: Enid Blyton Society Publications

Postby Anita Bensoussane » 04 Dec 2014, 10:33

Bum? Posterior? Enid Blyton avoided mentioning that part of the anatomy, or referred to it coyly in one or two stories as "his little sit-me-down"!
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Re: Enid Blyton Society Publications

Postby Daisy » 04 Dec 2014, 10:38

:lol: I'm trying to remember in which Find-Outer book that part of Goon's anatomy was referred to as.. what? This isn't a quiz question.... but it would take a lot of time researching the answer! Anyone know?
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Re: Enid Blyton Society Publications

Postby Anita Bensoussane » 04 Dec 2014, 22:15

I don't know if it's the passage you're thinking of, Daisy, but in The Mystery of the Strange Bundle Mr. Goon falls off his bike after skidding on the ice and Enid writes, "Mr. Goon found himself sitting down very suddenly in the middle of the road." Bets asks if he has hurt himself but Enid says, "Mr. Goon had plenty to sit down on, so he wasn't hurt, only considerably shaken." All very carefully worded!
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Re: Enid Blyton Society Publications

Postby Daisy » 04 Dec 2014, 22:18

It could well be that one Anita. Yes, very carefully worded indeed.
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Re: Enid Blyton Society Publications

Postby Katharine » 29 Mar 2015, 11:50

I'm half way through the first of the Merry Moments publications, and am loving it. I'd thoroughly recommend them to anyone who likes Enid's early works and/or short simple tales.

If I've understood the foreword correctly, it's not 100% certain that Enid wrote everything that's in these booklets, but even if she didn't, it's lovely to see examples of the kind of children's stories that were being printed nearly 100 years ago.
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Re: Enid Blyton Society Publications

Postby Tony Summerfield » 29 Mar 2015, 13:13

Yes, you understood it correctly, Katharine, but we did give it considerable thought before deciding what should and shouldn't go in. I think the most interesting thing about these stories and poems is that they were certainly Enid Blyton's earliest published children's material. Up to the discovery of these items it was always thought that her earliest work was in Teachers World.
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Re: Enid Blyton Society Publications

Postby Katharine » 29 Mar 2015, 13:20

Tony, so far most of the stories have a distinct 'Blyton' feel about them, with just a couple of exceptions in the language, but even those are similar to other stories she wrote, so I can see why they've been included. It must have been a real labour of love to analyse them all and decide which ones to include.

I'm now intrigued to know what didn't make it into the book, and how that material differed to make it unlikely to be an Enid Blyton story. :D

Thanks to anyone involved with the production of these booklets, I'm really glad I'm able to read them.

I've just thought, in House at the Corner, Lizzie was very disappointed not to see her name in print at the end of her stories, I wonder if Enid was drawing upon a similar feeling from her early days?
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Re: Enid Blyton Society Publications

Postby Rob Houghton » 29 Mar 2015, 16:31

Katharine wrote:I've just thought, in House at the Corner, Lizzie was very disappointed not to see her name in print at the end of her stories, I wonder if Enid was drawing upon a similar feeling from her early days?

I've often wondered that, and I'm pretty sure Enid was writing this from experience, as she had many uncredited stories and poems published when she was starting out, as far as I can tell. :-)
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Re: Enid Blyton Society Publications

Postby Tony Summerfield » 26 Oct 2015, 12:21

It was brought to my attention that there is currently one of our Society Booklets for sale on Ebay for anyone who thinks that they have £19.46 to spare - the person who pointed it out to me almost bought it until I told him that all the stories in it can be found in the Periodical Section of the Cave!

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/ENID-BLYTON-I ... SwBP9UYM6e

There have been a total of 53 Society booklets and as many of them are now long out of print I am considering putting them in the Cave in the Continuation Books Section. As is the case with the Enid Blyton Newsletters, they don't really belong there but I can't think of anywhere else to put them unless somebody has a bright idea! Most of them are of course stories by Enid Blyton, but some like the indexes aren't and I would like to keep them all together.
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Re: Enid Blyton Society Publications

Postby Julie2owlsdene » 26 Oct 2015, 16:36

Wow, I've just had a look at their shop, whoever this person is, and including this booklet being advertised there are also three other booklets of the Society also. Two of them are Bob's letters.

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Re: Enid Blyton Society Publications

Postby Kate Mary » 26 Oct 2015, 17:10

I think it is a good idea to add the Society booklets to the Cave and Continuation Books is as good a place as any to put them at the moment. But we really need a Miscellaneous section to cover everything that won't fit elsewhere. Perhaps we can have one if/when the website has a makeover.
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