Edith Nesbit

Edith Nesbit

Birth
Kennington, London Borough of Lambeth, Greater London, England
Death 4 May 1924 (aged 65)
New Romney, Shepway District, Kent, England
Burial St Mary in the Marsh, Shepway District, Kent, England
Memorial ID 7272245 · View Source
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Writer, Poet. Nesbit lost her father at the age of three, but her mother was strong character who persevered and cared for the family. They would travel in Europe due to a sister's ill heath but eventually returned to England when Nesbit was seventeen. At the age of nineteen she met her husband Hubert Bland who converted her to socialism. The Bland-Nesbit union proved to be an unusual one. The pair were married only three months before the birth of their first child. Bland also continued an affair with a fellow socialist who produced two of his children. Nesbit would later raise these children along with her own three. They would become actively involved in the Socialist movement in England beginning a group known as the Fabian Society. Together they would edit the Socialist Magazine, "Today". She also spent time before her rise as a children's author writing a number of books on and touring as lecturer for Socialism. Nesbit is most famous for her works of children's literature which included "The Story of the Treasure-Seekers," "The Wouldbegoods," "Five Children and It," "The Phoenix and the Carpet," "The New Treasurer-Seekers," "The Railway Children," and "The Enchanted Castle." Nesbit also wanted to be taken seriously as a poet. She would produce a book of collected poetry called the "Ballads and Lyrics of Socialism." After Bland's death she would marry again. She eventually died of lung cancer a little over a decade after Bland.

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 7272245
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Edith Nesbit (15 Aug 1858–4 May 1924), Find A Grave Memorial no. 7272245, citing St Mary the Virgin Churchyard, St Mary in the Marsh, Shepway District, Kent, England ; Maintained by Find A Grave .