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Edith Nesbit was born on 19th August, 1858.
At the age of nineteen, Edith Nesbit met Hubert Bland, a young writer with radical political opinions. In 1879 discovered she was pregnant and the baby was born two months after they were married on 22nd April, 1880.
Edith and Hubert were both socialists and on 24th October 1883 they decided with their Quaker friend Edward Pease, to form debating group. They were also joined by Havelock Ellis and Frank Podmore and in January 1884 they decided to call themselves the Fabian Society. Hubert Bland chaired the first meeting and was elected treasurer. Nesbit and her husband became joint editors of the society's journal, Today. Soon afterwards other socialists in London began attending meetings. This included Eleanor Marx, Annie Besant, Clementina Black, George Bernard Shaw, Sidney Webb and Beatrice Webb.
Nesbit was a regular lecturer and writer on socialism throughout the 1880s. However she gave less time to these activities after she become a successful children's writer. Her most famous novels include The Story of the Treasure-Seekers (1899), The Wouldbegoods (1901), Five Children and It (1902), The Phoenix and the Carpet (1904), The New Treasurer-Seekers (1904), The Railway Children (1906) and The Enchanted Castle (1907). A collection of her political poetry, Ballads and Lyrics of Socialism, was published in 1908.
After the death of Hubert Bland in 1914, Edith married Thomas Tucker, an engineer. Edith Nesbit continued to write children's books and had published forty-four novels before her death on 4th May, 1924.
- Silver Pennies (1925)
- Edward Gorey's Haunted Looking Glass (1959)
- 4th Fontana Book of Great Horror Stories, the (1969)
- Midnight Fright (1980)
- Broomsticks and Beasticles (1981)
- Oxford Book of English Ghost Stories, the (1986)
- Victorian Fairy Tales (1987)
- Dark Descent, the (1987)
- Victorian Fairy Tale Book, the (1988)
- Forbidden Journeys: Fairy Tales and Fantasies by Victorian Women Writers (1992)
- Oxford Book of Gothic Tales, the (1992)
- Vampire Stories (1992)
- Oxford Book of Modern Fairy Tales, the (1993)
- Fantasy Stories (1994)
- Young Oxford Book of Ghost Stories, the (1994)
- Random House Book of Fantasy Stories, the (1996)
- Oxford Book of Twentieth-century Ghost Stories (1996)
- 100 Tiny Tales of Terror (1996)
- Classic Victorian and Edwardian Ghost Stories (1996)
- Mammoth Book of Fairy Tales, the (1997)
- Alternative Alices (1997)
- Young Oxford Book of Nasty Endings, the (1997)
- Treasury of the Fantastic, the (2001)
- Wizards (2001)
- Tales Before Tolkien (2003)
- Book of Wizards, the (2004)
- Wordsworth Book of Horror Stories, the (2004)