Edith Nesbit (1858-1924)

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Edith Nesbit was born in London.  She lost her father—a teacher and director at the family's agricultural school—when she was four years old. She attended boarding schools in England before moving, at age 9, with her mother and sisters to the continent, where she continued her schooling in France and Germany. In 1872 her family returned to England, settling initially in Kent and then back again in London. By her late teens, Nesbit had published poems in a variety of magazines. In 1877 Nesbit met Hubert Bland, a charismatic bank clerk with few financial prospects, whom she would marry three years later when Nesbit was seven months pregnant with Bland's child. By 1885, Nesbit bore Bland the last of their three children, a boy they named Fabian. Edith Nesbit published about forty books for children—either novels or collections of stories. Four years after Hubert Bland died in 1913, Nesbit married Thomas "the Skipper" Tucker. Edith Nesbit eventually died to lung cancer.

Bibliography

Five Children and It
The Phoenix and the Carpet
The Story of the Amulet
The House of Arden
Harding’s Luck
Miss Mischief
To the Adventurous
The Pilot
The Story of the Treasure-Seekers
The Would-be-goods
New Treasure Seekers
The Enchanted Castle
The Three Mothers
The House With No Address
The Railway Children
These Little Ones
The Magic City
Dormant
Wet Magic
The Deliverers of Their Country
The Book of Dragons
The Book of Beasts
Cockatoucan
The Town in the Library