Many of her books depict an idyllic vision of rural England.

But the pretty market town where Enid Blyton lived is now divided – over a festival celebrating her life.

Organisers are planning a week of activities in honour of the writer, who died in 1968 aged 71, and want to install a plaque to mark the spot where her home once stood.

However, other locals are fighting to block the event on the grounds that much of the author’s work was ‘racist and offensive’.

Many of Blyton’s 600 stories have been updated since her death to remove inappropriate content – with, for example, the golliwog owner of the Toytown garage in her Noddy books being replaced by a ‘Mr Sparks’.

The festival is due to be held in June in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, to mark 75 years since she moved to the town.

Anthony Mealing, 63, who is  trying to stop the event going ahead, said: ‘My grandmother, Annie Grigg, taught at a school near here where they had rather racist Enid Blyton stories issued free by the author to all the pupils in the 1950s.

‘The moral of one of the stories is: Don’t leave any money around if there are any black children about as they will steal it.

‘She was anti-Semitic and very racist. People don’t believe me because she is too high an icon, but she was.’

Mr Mealing, from High Wycombe, said he did not want to see a plaque put up.

He urged residents: ‘Research the subject as you might find things you did not expect.’

Mr Mealing’s view was criticised on the internet, with one resident writing : ‘Enid Blyton was a fantastic story writer who deserves her place in history. She should be celebrated.’

But a supporter of Mr Mealing wrote: ‘For years there have been persistent rumours, based on recollections by some now elderly folk, that Enid B wasn’t a very nice lady.

‘One of her daughters also had a lot to say, criticising her too. Two TV documentaries about her also cast doubt about her character.’

Former librarian Kari Dorme, the coordinator of the festival being organised by the Beaconsfield Society, says Blyton’s original works should be accepted for the time in which they were written.

She said: ‘In the early 1990s, some of her publishers made certain text changes – mostly to bring her stories into line with modern thought and sensitivities, particularly with regard to what some construed as snobbish, racist or sexist attitudes.

‘Even names were modernised. You have to accept them in the time in which they were written, which was at least 60 years ago.

‘Her books still sell at the rate of six to seven million copies a year, in more than 40 languages. Enid Blyton is a marvellous story teller – a real page turner.

‘I feel that recognition should be given to the great contribution that she has made to children’s literacy.’

Blyton first moved to a house in the town called Green Hedges with her husband, Major Hugh Pollock.

The author, who later divorced and remarried, spent most of her life there until she moved into a London nursing home, where she died.

The house was demolished in the early 1970s and the site is now called Blyton Close.

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  • StillModerated

    If there’s one thing I hate more than a golliwog, it’s a disingenuous white liberal playing a self-appointed Mr. Plod.

  • nobody special

    “‘The moral of one of the stories is: Don’t leave any money around if there are any black children about as they will steal it.’”

    It sounds like this lady did not live in an ivory tower. That’s sound advice for people of any age.

    • The__Bobster

      When I went to Chucker Cheese decades ago (before it became a complete welfare mammy dropoff site), you only had to watch the few ninnies to keep your kids’ money, tokens and tickets safe.

      • jay11

        The last time I was at a chuck e cheeses was about three years ago for a kids b-day party. I thought I was in the ghetto! Misbehaving, loud wild children of color running around like maniacs, grabbing everything they could off unattended tables. I saw this with my own eyes. I will never go back there again for any reason.

        • 48224

          Living in Metro detroit, at least once per year I see a news story about black folks getting into a fist fight at Chuck E. Cheese. Last year a black couple left their kid at Chuck E. Cheese and didn’t notice he was missing until the next day…..RFLMAO. True story!

    • Anders

      “For years there have been persistent rumours, based on recollections by
      some now elderly folk, that Enid B wasn’t a very nice lady.”

      In case the ‘racism’, ‘sexism’ and ‘blahblahblahism’ isn’t bad enough for you, you can also object to Enid Blyton’s books on the basis that,”Enid B wasn’t a very nice lady.”
      What have any of these ‘whining knockers’ ever achieved in their lives? I know that they have never entertained and brought any enjoyment to anyone else’s lives….
      …unlike ol’ Enid B!
      I suggest the commemorative plaque be opened by a jolly smiling golliwog!

  • Richard from Vancouver

    Only yesterday I was discussing the Noddy books with a friend who is from the UK. These chidren’s books were a staple in my childhood along with that other great adventure series, Biggles. Liberals are always trying to rewrite history or literature or anything else to help them promote their perverse beliefs. Lying is not history. Will the liberals try to turn Biggles into a Muslim or Sikh? Will the characer shuck his iconic, leather flying helment in favour of a turban?

    “Her books still sell at the rate of six to seven million copies a year, in more than 40 languages. Enid Blyton is a marvellous story teller – a real page turner.”
    That says it all, I think.

  • E_Pluribus_Pluribus

    Enid Blyton is certainly not the first British author of children’s books to have her words altered to bring them “into line with modern thought and sensitivities.” Hugh Lofting’s wonderful Dr. Dolittle series suffered the same fate:

    “The American publisher of Dr. Dolittle, agreeing that the series contain stereotypical images of Africans, expurgated the books to remove offensive illustrations and text. The original version of the books has now disappeared from library shelves and bookstores.” (The Language Police by Diane Ravitch, p84)

    I see, however, that at least one publisher has defied the PC mob. The original for the lead title can be bought. If you know an 8-10 year old, children’s literature for this age doesn’t get any better this:
    http://www.amazon.com/The-Story-Doctor-Dolittle-Original/dp/4871873056/ref=pd_sim_sbs_b_4

    • HamletsGhost

      Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory depicted the Oompa Loompas as African Congoid Pygmies who ate caterpillars until rescued by Willie Wonka. When the movie was made of the book, the Oompas were shown with green hair to de-nigrify them.

  • Richard from Vancouver

    By the way, in the Noddy books, the golliwog is simply a black version of the Ragedy Ann and Raggedy Andy dolls. They’re dolls. What’s so racist or offensive about a doll?

    • http://twitter.com/seedymedia r j p

      They’re just dolls like Barbie and Ken.

    • The__Bobster

      Can you stick pins in them?

  • tarczan

    The English are completely nuts with this stuff. You can’t watch an English soccer match without seeing an unending barrage of banners like “stop racism”, “respect”, or my favorite “February is GLTB month show your support!” They actually had this slogan on that electronic banner that scrolls across the sidelines. And we thought we had it rough with MLK day and black history month!

    • http://twitter.com/ElliotLakeNews Elliot Lake

      In 1968, Member of Parliament Enoch Powell warned the British people of the dire consequences of “multiculturalism” (it’s really multi-racialism).

      It was “madness” in allowing 50,000 immigrants into the country every year. (Today, it’s over 300,000) When “Asians” are described in Britain, they refer to Pakistanis, East Indians, Bangladeshi.
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x3G8BqPgYUc

    • Mike

      We English aren’t nuts with this stuff. We English are in fact sick to death of having this Bulls**t poured down our throats every single day but those who think they know better. Just thought you should know.

  • stewardofthemystery

    Looks like I will be purchasing some of her literature for my beautiful little girl to read when she gets old enough.

  • The__Bobster

    However, other locals are fighting to block the event on the grounds that much of the author’s work was ‘racist and offensive’.
    ____________

    These loco “locals” need to be deported, even if they’re White. No, especially if they’re White.

    • rick

      Deport them to Haiti or Somalia…

      • StillModerated

        Pakistan and Bangladesh are wonderful places to celebrate diversity, too.

  • splitsing

    Disgraceful that her own blood would besmirch her good name in her death for their own PC gains. Pathetic, really.

    • Bernie

      George Wallace’s daughter does the same. Only whites do this.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bardon-Kaldian/100003542251801 Bardon Kaldian

    Harold Bloom is right. The Western canon is under constant attack from School of Resentment (confused Marxists, feminists, cultural relativists, anti-DWEMs). They hate viciously Homer, Plato, Shakespeare, Cervantes, Montaigne, Dostoevsky, Goethe, Whitman, Conrad, Faulkner, Proust…
    Of course, they hate Victorians & normal women writers most.

    • splitsing

      And it isn’t it funny that it takes an old Jewish poetry professor to point that out? No white academic would dare to speak the obvious truth that Bloom notes.

      • Vanessa

        It’s interesting you mention Harold Bloom. I picked up one of his books a few years ago, not knowing he was jewish. Within the first 50 pages or so, it gradually dawned on me and a quick google search confirmed my surmise. Before I became a WN I never could have done that. Liberals are always chanting the mantra that we’re all the same, yet if liberals accept that then they must also conclude that people like me are race-divining psychics. I’ve gotten so good at spotting them in real life as well as through their books, movie scripts and tv shows that if vegas started taking bets on it I’d be a millionaire.

    • NeanderthalDNA

      Bloom was prophetic and on point.

  • hastings88

    The moral of one of the stories is: Don’t leave any money around if there are any black children about as they will steal it.
    Thirty years ago, when I was young, I worked on a farm with some black workers who stole my radio and my workboots. The head of the group, a black man, stole the landowner’s truck and never came back. If anyone is around blacks, you learn that they will steal anything not bolted down. They seem to have no concept of private property.

    • June

      WRONG! They do have a concept of private property…all property belongs to them and they can do what they please with it.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bardon-Kaldian/100003542251801 Bardon Kaldian

      O, they do. YOUR private property.

    • kjh64

      Your WORKBOOTS were stolen, now that is shocking!

  • steve7789

    Interesting the Noddy references in these comments. I wasn’t aware it had much of an American following. It certainly brings back great childhood memories.
    A few years ago there was a big furore about The Famous Five because *gasp* boys and girls were given seperate tasks!
    The rewriting of historic literature is one of PC’s most sinister tactics. He who controls the past controls the future.

    • Unperson

      The Noddy books were never big in America, but the modern TV show of Enid Blyton’s stories has been a successful import since the ’90s. As the article states, however, this new TV version has had its black “picaninny” characters removed.

      Blacks in Blyton’s original Noddy books were called Golliwogs, or Gollies (although I supposed you could also call them Wogs). A huge number of British children used to enjoy Gollie dolls, until they were decreed “racially insensitive” in the 1980s, and phased out. They are now no longer commonly available, but I believe there are still one or two companies making them on a limited basis. And as another commenter noted, yes, Gollies looked like black versions of Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy dolls. Oddly, Raggedy Ann never seemed to bother anybody when she was white.

      http://www.gollydollies.co.uk/boy-golly-doll.html

      Odder still, these Gollies — although denounced as “racist” and “humiliating” — are actually better dressed and generally neater in their appearance than the average real-life African-American of 2013.

  • LHathaway

    I’ve never read any of this woman’s stories. I wouldn’t be surprised if the real moral of her stories was to accept those of another status or race. In fact, I think it’s more likely this is true than that she was trying to stir up racism and sexism. Truth seems the first victim of moral relativism. Truth would seem to be it’s enemy. The left is eating it’s own.

  • jay11

    They’ve already begun to ‘edit’ American classics for PC purposes. Orwell’s book 1984 prophesized all of this and more. This is one reason why that book is rarely assigned anymore in high schools: liberals realized it revealed too much of their game plan.

    • jambi19

      With everything going electronic, in the future they won’t even need to burn books. They will just tell everyone books/printed words are obsolete and archaic. (Bible, Declaration of Independence, Daunte’s inferno, 1984 etc. etc.) Reading assignments for students will consists of things such as Harry Potter on Kindle, or Huffington Post blogs. Then students will make a poster board about how all the assignments relate to multiculturalism.

  • SintiriNikos

    If anybody knows where un-modernised editions of Blyton’s books can be found, please let me know. I want to buy her books in all their un-PC splendor

  • Chris

    Has anybody in England read “1984?”

    • sbuffalonative

      Yes. They consider it an instruction manual.

  • bigone4u

    In a comment that did not pass muster and was not posted I mentioned the name of a character in one of Mark Twain’s most famous books, with quote marks around the name. I’ll leave the name out and simply say that it’s a miracle that Mark Twain has not been more demonized than he has been for his use of a certain word. The attack on traditional literature is one of the hallmarks of the cultural Marxist campaign to demonize all whites as racist. Sad to see it happening in England too.

    • StillModerated

      Was it Injun Joe? Of course not!

      • bigone4u

        I know that certain words are forbidden around here and I don’t use them here or anywhere else. But in this case it was the name of a famous character in literature with quotes around it. I am sometimes confused by what is acceptable and what is not.

  • Tim S

    There is now in inception a very poisonous notion of classic works of art –especially movies–
    being altered and reissued.

    • whiteyyyyy

      It’s sick that book’s written 50 yrs ago can be altered to suit a political agenda.It’s a very dangerous thing.

  • gemjunior

    I absolutely loved all her stories growing up. Every time my father went to England (often, since we have many relatives there) he would bring back a boxed set of some of the best boarding schools for girls stories like Malory Towers, The Famous Five, etc. One of the best ones was “The Wishing Chair” which fortunately I kept in good condition and was able to read to my own daughter. Enid Blyton is one of the best writers of children’s stories in the English-speaking world. Of course non-English wouldn’t appreciate her – she didn’t write about them and they weren’t in her stories, which were all about typical English children. Another point for multiculturalism, and minority grandmothers coming back from the dead to demand vengeance for feeling slighted or not included. If they weren’t there in the first place they wouldn’t feel excluded. Get the hell out. God help us when a nation’s favored writer can’t be memorialized because some non-English feel “offended”. When are we going to stop taking this bullshit?

    • Pat

      Me too, I read them all..The Famous Five, The Secret Seven, all the Adventure ones. This was back in the 50s and early 60s, when England was 99% white. Enid Blyton would not recognise the place if she came back.

  • KenelmDigby

    A whole generation of British children grew up reading Enid Blyton stories.
    Her ‘Noddy’ character was once (in the 1960s) the most iconic children’s character in the UK

  • sbuffalonative

    Blacks can demand we purge ‘racist’ images and literature of the past but what have blacks offered in replacement? Where is their creative talent to create non-’racist’ icons to replace ‘racist’ characters?

    Blacks can only destroy. They have little ability to create.

  • Pat

    It is not only books, in the past month my husband, a frequent watcher of old films on T.V., has noticed that two – The Dirty Dozen and Crocodile Dundee – have had non PC bits edited out.

  • Honesttogoodnessracemixer

    “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory depicted the Oompa Loompas as African Congoid Pygmies who ate caterpillars until rescued by Willie Wonka. When the movie was made of the book, the Oompas were shown with green hair to de-nigrify them”.

    My black girlfriend used to always love singing the Oompa-Loomp song. That explains it!

    Just a joke.

  • Bantu_Education

    Another British children’s character which has come under the baleful eyes of the anti-racist inquisitors is my childhood favourite, the adorable Rupert the Bear whose annuals I was given every Christmas for several years. In recent years some of these have been re-printed as facsimile editions and I was looking forward to buying a few of my childhood favourites but apparently I won’t be able to do so since the publishers have announced they won’t be re-printing the “racist” ones. For example this one, Rupert and the Castaway, when he visited the Coons on Coon Island.

    http://www.aryanunity.com/rupert.html

    Here are some classic images of Rupert the racist…

    http://www.sterlingtimes.co.uk/POLITICALLY_INCORRECT5.htm

    • bigone4u

      Thanks. I saved Rupert’s page on my computer. He’s a very charming little bear and a good, healthy representation of the decent white culture that has been lost.

  • Fr. John+

    “‘She was anti-Semitic and very racist. People don’t believe me because she is too high an icon, but she was.’”

    And that’s why I absolutely LOVED her stories. It showed Britain as it OUGHT to be. What I see nowadays, is not Britain, but some deranged, god-forsaken (literally) hellhole of a ‘Camp of the Saints, done fish and chips style’ proposition nation. UGH.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bardon-Kaldian/100003542251801 Bardon Kaldian

    I have no personal emotional investment here since, as a SE European, I’ve never read a book of her when I was a kid. We used to read different children literature, mostly national, but also German, Russian & French.

    Just, this whole story saddens me a lot. There is something so humiliating, self-flagellating, ultimately sick in all this.