Edith Nesbit (married name Edith Bland) (1858-1924) was an English author and poet whose children's works were published under the androgynous name of E. Nesbit. She wrote or collaborated on over 60 books of fiction for children, several of which have been adapted for film and television. She started a new genre of magical adventures arising from everyday settings and has been much imitated. She was also a political activist and co-founded the Fabian Society, a precursor to the modern Labour Party. Nesbit's books for children are known for being entertaining without turning didactic, although some of her earlier works, notably Five Children and It (1902) and even more so The Story of the Amulet (1906), veer in that direction.
English author and poet Edith Nesbit (also known by her married name Edith Bland; she lived from 15 August 1858 to 4 May 1924) wrote novels for children under the pen name E. Nesbit. Over 60 of these novels were written by her or with her assistance. She was also a political activist and a founding member of the socialist group the Fabian Society, which eventually joined forces with the Labour Party. Nesbit, the daughter of agricultural chemist John Collis Nesbit, was born in 1858 at 38 Lower Kennington Lane in Kennington, Surrey (now a part of Inner London). Her father passed away in March 1862, just before she turned four. Sarah Green was her mother. The family spent some time traveling due to Mary, Edith's sister, having health issues. They lived in Brighton, Buckinghamshire, France, Spain, and Germany, among other places. Mary and the poet Philip Bourke Marston were set to marry in 1871, but she passed away from the disease in Normandy later that year. Although the Derbyshire village of New Mills has also claimed the honor, Edith and her mother spent three years after Mary's passing living at Halstead Hall in north-west Kent, the setting for The Railway Children.