Friday, 12 August 2011

A permanent source of inspiration (Part 3 of 8)



The only unusual event, considering the times, is that she divorced her first husband whom she had married when she was 27 years old. At 46, she entered a second marriage that turned out to be very happy.



She continued her massive literary output during the next decades, played tennis and golf regularly, and died at 71, shortly after her second husband.



What is remarkable of Enid Blyton's life is, of course, her adamant determination to produce volume after volume at a very high speed. All her books were written at a time when word processors did not yet exist.



The average novel for adults has about 90.000 words; in comparison, children novels tend to be short, less than 40.000 words. Nonetheless, Blyton's ability to produce hundreds of finished manuscripts during her lifetime is truly extraordinary.



To be continued in the next post.



[Text: http://johnvespasian.blogspot.com]



[Image by Martin Kingsley under Creative Commons Attribution License. See the license terms under http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/us]


A permanent source of inspiration (Part 3 of 8)


The only unusual event, considering the times, is that she divorced her first husband whom she had married when she was 27 years old. At 46, she entered a second marriage that turned out to be very happy.

She continued her massive literary output during the next decades, played tennis and golf regularly, and died at 71, shortly after her second husband.

What is remarkable of Enid Blyton's life is, of course, her adamant determination to produce volume after volume at a very high speed. All her books were written at a time when word processors did not yet exist.

The average novel for adults has about 90.000 words; in comparison, children novels tend to be short, less than 40.000 words. Nonetheless, Blyton's ability to produce hundreds of finished manuscripts during her lifetime is truly extraordinary.

To be continued in the next post.

[Text: http://johnvespasian.blogspot.com]

[Image by Martin Kingsley under Creative Commons Attribution License. See the license terms under http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/us]