Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Noddy, Big-Ears and the new CD

The books are very much of their time, particularly the titles published in the 1950s. They present Britain's class system — that is to say, "rough" versus "decent". Many of Blyton's children's books similarly reflected negative stereotypes regarding gender, race, and class. The most startling incidence of this type of material to a modern audience might be the use of a phrase like "black as a nigger with soot" appearing in Five Go off to Camp.At the time, "Negro" was the standard formal term and "nigger" a relatively common colloquialism.
Compelling reading from the Wikipedia biography of Enid Blyton. Released this week is a CD of music by Carey Blyton, who was the nephew of the famous author and lived from 1932 to 2002. To be fair Carey Blyton was probably very fed up with being labelled as Enid's nephew, and among his musical credits were a schools cantata, incidental music for three BBC TV series of Doctor Who and many miniature pieces. I haven't heard the CD, but that is the cover above and it is one of several Carey Blyton CD's available on the Upbeat Recordings label. Another relative of a famous figure here, and discover the link between Noddy and Alban Berg here.

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