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Edith Nesbit

Discussion in 'Personal' started by emerald52, Jan 25, 2016.

  1. emerald52

    emerald52 Star commenter

    I've been reading about her life recently. Goodness what a lot of trauma. She's better known as the author of The Railway Children. Hard to believe that she could write bestselling children's books with such an unsettled life. Anyone read her books or are they out of favour?
     
  2. jacob

    jacob Lead commenter

    Is she the one who was married to Rab C?
     
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  3. Lascarina

    Lascarina Star commenter

    I didn't know the E stood for Edith.
     
  4. emerald52

    emerald52 Star commenter

    Probably easier to sell when she was writing.
     
  5. InkyP

    InkyP Star commenter

    Didn't she have to write to support her family as her husband was an alcoholic and spendthrift?
     
  6. coffeekid

    coffeekid Star commenter

    Did she write The Phoenix and the Carpet?
    Just checked - she did. I loved that as a child.
     
  7. InkyP

    InkyP Star commenter

    Also I think she may have been a thinly disguised character in The Children's Book by A.S. Byatt.
     
  8. monicabilongame

    monicabilongame Star commenter

    She was also an occultist and ceremonial magician
     
  9. InkyP

    InkyP Star commenter

    I didn't know that!
     
  10. Flere-Imsaho

    Flere-Imsaho Star commenter

    I normally like Byatt but I found that a struggle. Not sure I ever finished it.
    I like E. Nesbit. I re-read Five Children and It recently.
     
  11. InkyP

    InkyP Star commenter

    The book was hard going and I didn't like anybody in it.
     
  12. Flere-Imsaho

    Flere-Imsaho Star commenter

    I'm glad it's not just me.
     
  13. lindenlea

    lindenlea Star commenter

    I loved her books. Those writers who can capture a child like she could are certainly magicians. Nothing I read as an adult has ever delighted me, the way the books I loved as a child did.
     
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  14. Lascarina

    Lascarina Star commenter

    I agree with you, lindenlea. And the older I get, the harder I find it to become totally immersed in a book in the way I used to be as a child, when I entered a whole other world, that was as real as the one I actually lived in. What marvellous times they were!
     
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  15. racroesus

    racroesus Star commenter

    That would drive anyone to drink and spendthriftery.
     
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  16. Lascarina

    Lascarina Star commenter

    I read it as 'oculist'. I must get my eyes tested again. I didn't say 'I should've gone to Specsavers' because I went there once and they made me some specs with lenses like ice cubes.
     
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  17. sabrinakat

    sabrinakat Star commenter

    I love the Anne of Green Gables books - Lucy Maud (L.M ) Montgomery had a bad marriage with a mentally ill /alcoholic husband and she ultimately killed herself - yet her books are whimsical (there are a few tragedies, though)
     

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