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The Famous Five: A Personal Anecdotage [Kindle Edition]

Stephen Isabirye
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Book Description

For the past century, Enid Blyton has been described as the greatest publishing phenomenon of our time, the “Muhammad Ali of Children’s Literature” while The Famous Five have often been described as “The Beatles of Children’s Literature” whereas The Secret Seven are deemed to have been “the cradle of James Bond.” Nonetheless, this is the first book that looks at Enid Blyton’s works from a comparative international panorama, rather than a European, especially British perspective. It examines Enid Blyton’s changing viewpoints during her literary career toward familial issues, science, health, religion, and the environment through the lenses of one of her most well renown series, The Famous Five.

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Stephen Isabirye studied and completed his advanced studies in Political Science at Baylor University as well as Applied Sociology and History at Northern Arizona University.

Product Details

  • File Size: 494 KB
  • Print Length: 231 pages
  • Publisher: Infinity Publishing (July 22, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005END0SM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,794,103 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Internationally renowned British author Enid Blyton is a beloved 20th century children's books writer. A dedicated and intriguing author, more and more continues to be dissected about Enid Blyton. Stephen Isabirye convincingly delves into the mind of Enid Blyton as he offers his comprehensive and remarkably detailed analysis of Enid Blyton. Isabirye goes into the social backdrop, the environmental and political aspects of the era of Blytonian writing, the setting of the powerful British Empire and colonial incursions at the time, the ancient and contemporary literature that likely influenced Blyton. Further, what apparently were Blyton's role models and what impact did they have on the impressive long list of books that Blyton wrote so wonderfully? These are some of the many aspects that Isabirye uncovers. Isabirye goes as far as to compare Blyton with such writers as American Mark Twain, African authors such as Cyprian Ekwensi and Barbara Kimenyi; Isabirye goes into ancient mythology that may have influenced Blyton, into theses in Blytonian writing that are similar to those in past literature. Isabirye analyses the extent to which Blytonian writing was influenced by the racist climate of the time; he looks into how and why characters in Blyton's literature are racially and genetically distinguishable in line with their behavioral characteristics and expectations. Authors like James Baldwin and countless others are presented to help us understand and appreciate the magnitude of Enid Blyton. Oh, and even American humorist Dick Gregory is brought into the picture. The unique and unexpected is indeed in this volume!

What kind of mother was Enid Blyton? It is revealed in the book that Blyton was an overzealous and voluminous book writer with less than expected dedication to her children.
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