Oliver Soden

Edith Nesbit — a children’s writer of genius who disinherited her own adopted offspring

Her books for children remain classics, but her fiery temper and notorious ménage à trois made for an unstable home life for all concerned

‘When one writes for children,’ the novelist Jill Paton Walsh has said, ‘there are more people in the room. Writing for children involves the adult writer, and the child that writer once was; the present child reader, and the adult that child will become.’

Edith Nesbit, one of the greatest writers for children, was brilliantly attentive to this quartet.

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