The Life and Loves of E. Nesbit: Victorian Iconoclast, Children's Author, and Creator of The Railway Children

November 1, 2020
The Life and Loves of E. Nesbit: Victorian Iconoclast, Children's Author, and Creator of The Railway Children

The first major biography of the trailblazing andcontroversial children's author E. NesbitEdith Nesbit (1858–1924) is considered the first modern writerfor children and the inventor of the children's adventure story. InThe Life and Loves of E. Nesbit, award-winning biographer EleanorFitzsimons uncovers the little-known details of her life,introducing readers to the Fabian Society cofounder and fabuloussocialite who hosted legendary parties and had admirers by thedozen, including George Bernard Shaw. Through Nesbit's letters andarchival research, Fitzsimons reveals "E." to have been a prolificlecturer and writer on socialism and shows how Nesbit incorporatedthese ideas into her writing, thereby influencing a generation ofchildren—an aspect of her literary legacy never before examined.Fitzsimons's riveting biography brings new light to the life andworks of this famed literary icon, a remarkable writer andwoman.