E. Nesbit (Edith Bland), 1858-1924, was the author of many classic books of children's literature, notably:
- The Railway Children
- The Five Children and It
- The Story of the Treasure Seekers
- The Wouldbegoods
- The Phoenix and the Castle
Most of her books involve a family of children of all ages, who are thrust into a difficult situation, have adventures together, and need to take responsibility for themselves. Some of her books, like The Five Children and It, are fantasies; others, like The Wouldbegoods and The Railway Children, are realistic novels.
Of her, Gore Vidal said "After Lewis Carroll, E. Nesbit is the best of the English fabulists who wrote about children (neither wrote for children) and like Carroll she was able to create a world of magic and inverted logic that was entirely her own."
Most of her books are out of copyright and available online; many are still in print.
- Writings of E. Nesbit, in UPenn's online books listing
Notes and references
- The Writing of E. Nesbit, Gore Vidal, New York Review of Books