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Everything about Edith showed her as a woman trying to break out of the mould demanded by English society at the time – she expressed her individuality through her clothes, hairstyle, lifestyle and her habit of speaking forcefully on almost any subject. She lived her socialism and late in life her charitable deeds brought her close to bankrupcy.
E. Nesbit – she always used the plain initial for her writing and was sometimes thought to be a man – started to write for children after years of successful writing for adult magazines. She was asked to write about her childhood but instead of facts chose to describe her happy girlhood in fiction. The result was books still read today, firm bestsellers for decades. She was brilliant at combining real-life situations with elements of fantasy and humour. Films –such as The Railway Children - have kept her stories in the public eye and her magical fantasies, including Five Children and It, continue to delight each new generation of children.
Wonderful story for children...my 9 year old daughter loved it! I would highly recommend it! Fun story for reading for elementary children.Published 20 months ago by pollyanna
We were disappointed that this cover didn't match the cover to the other two, but all in all, the insides are great, good book and finished off a set for usPublished on January 22, 2013 by L. Smith
It's too bad more people don't know this author better. It's clear to me that she influenced both C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien. Read morePublished on January 31, 2012 by Genevieve Perkes
Edith Nesbit is my personal hero. I read a review once that explained that when a reader first discovers this Victorian authoress, he or she always feels as if come across some... Read morePublished on June 24, 2008 by P. B. McCaffery
E. Nesbit's books are to be recommended to every child with spirit and imagination. All her books, including The Story of the Amulet were written at a time when children's... Read morePublished on February 4, 2008 by Cathi Radner Castrio
What a charming children's story! Aimed for kids about 10 and up, including me. Written in 1905 or 6, set in London, but escaping to ancient Tyre, Egypt, England, Babylon,... Read morePublished on January 15, 2006 by C. L Wilson