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The illiterate five

July 23, 2010

Updating the language is unlikely to improve the literary merit; and the thought of some of the worst social attitudes of the 1940s getting any credence is deeply depressing. I found the quote from Tony Summerfield ironic, he is thoroughly against unnecessary changes just for the sake of it, from adults who underestimate the intelligence of children. The appalling stereotypes of Blyton’ novels never played to intelligence in the first place, just ignorance. At least the BBC got it right in 1938 rejecting her work as small beer. If you get a chance watch Helen Bonham Carter’s masterful psychological portrayal of the author in the BBC4 biopic Enid .

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