The Three Golliwogs
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Found this amongst some of my mothers things. It’s over 50 years old. I know my mom grew up reading it so thought I’d give it a go.
The final edition of the book, which had already had its name changed to The Three Gollies was published as No. 18 in Dean's Reward Series in 1987. In 1992 a new No. 18 appeared, The Children at Green Meadows. The book was then rewritten and eventually republished by Award in 1994 with the title Three Bold Pixies.
The recent row over Enid Blyton is nothing new, says Charlie Connelly. The children’s author was always controversial.
The claim that Golliwogs are racist is supported by literary depictions by writers such as Enid Blyton. Unlike Florence Upton's, Blyton's Golliwogs were often rude, mischievous, elfin villains. In Blyton's book, Here Comes Noddy Again, a Golliwog asks the hero for help, then steals his car. Blyton, one of the most prolific European writers, included the Golliwogs in many stories, but she only wrote three books primarily about Golliwogs: The Three Golliwogs (1944), The Proud Golliwog (1951), and The Golliwog Grumbled (1953). Her depictions of Golliwogs are, by contemporary standards, racially insensitive. An excerpt from The Three Golliwogs is illustrative: which usually accompanies the use of nigger, spic, and other racial ethnophaulisms. Wog is both an ethnic slur and a racial epithet. ReferencesIn July 2018, a YouGov poll asked 1,660 Britons whether it was "racist to sell or display a golliwog doll", to which 63% responded "No", 20% "Yes", and 17% "I'm Not Sure".