Monthly Archives: November 2010

The writer and the typewriter

I have been doing a little more work this week on the play Famous Five Adventure.  In the auction lot were two copies of the typescript for the play – a top copy, typed in red and black ink, and a … Continue reading

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The Mystery of Fatty’s Overcoat

Today I have been reading through the typescript of The Mystery of Holly Lane, from the Five Find-Outers series.  I have been writing the catalogue description, and comparing the typescript against the published book.  As with most of Blyton’s typescripts, … Continue reading

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Calling all Noddy fans, again!

Following on from my last post, another plea for help from any knowledgable Noddy fans.  As I’ve previously mentioned, in amongst our Noddy typescripts are scripts for four records featuring Noddy stories and songs.  These records were apparently recorded for … Continue reading

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Calling all Noddy fans!

This post is really a request for help from any knowledgable Blyton fans out there.  I’ve been reading through the drafts of the Noddy plays which we have in the collection, and find myself a little bit stumped! We bought a … Continue reading

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Pins!

As I mentioned in my last post, Enid Blyton used pins to insert new pieces of text into the typescript for The River of Adventure.  Pins, like paperclips and staples, have a nasty tendency to rust over time.  This rust, … Continue reading

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…and rewriting?

My last post stated plainly that Blyton’s drafts don’t evidence significant revisions, but this morning I began to wonder if I might have to revise that statement somewhat.  As I began to look in more detail at the typescripts for … Continue reading

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Writing and rewriting

Although Blyton’s first drafts appear to be the only drafts, she did make some changes before sending them off to her editor.  She read through each typescript once it was complete, and made minor changes and corrections by hand.  But these … Continue reading

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