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Edith Nesbit
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    (August 15, 1858-May 4, 1924)
    Born in Kennington, England, United Kingdom
    Children's author
    Published as 'E. Nesbit'
    Wrote 'The Story of the Treasure Seekers' (1899), 'The Wouldbegoods' (1901), 'Five Children and It' (1902), 'The New Treasure Seekers' (1904), 'The Phoenix and the Carpet' (1904), 'The Story of the Amulet' (1906), 'The Railway Children' (1906), 'The Enchanted Castle' (1907), 'The House of Arden' (1908), 'Harding's Luck' (1909), 'The Magic City' (1910), 'The Wonderful Garden' (1911) and 'Wet Magic' (1913)
    She was a chain smoker.
    She was so dedicated to the socialist Fabian Society that she named her second son Fabian.
    Although she and husband Hubert Bland both had lovers, she was shocked when fellow Fabians Eleanor Marx (daughter of Karl) and Edward Aveling announced their intention to live together without marrying.
    She was distant from her children, complaining, 'The affection you get back from children is sixpence given as change for a sovereign.'
    She wanted to be a 'serious' poet, and wrote for children solely out of financial necessity.
    Late in life, she became obsessed with finding ciphers in Shakespeare's works that would prove they had really been written by Francis Bacon.
    When she married Hubert Bland (1880), he was secretly engaged to another woman, Maggie Doran, and had fathered her child.
    When Doran later became seriously ill, Edith invited Doran to move in with her and Hubert (1903).
    Hubert fathered two children with Alice Hoatson (Edith's friend and the family housekeeper), who Edith adopted and raised as her own kids.
    Gore Vidal wrote, 'Like [Lewis] Carroll, she was able to create a world of magic and inverted logic that was entirely her own.'
    J.K. Rowling said, 'I think I identify with E. Nesbit more than any other writer.'

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