Political activist and English children's author who is remembered for The Wouldbegoods, The Story of the Treasure Seekers, and other works. Born Edith Nesbit, she wrote under the gender-neutral pen name of E. Nesbit, publishing more than three dozen works for children over the course of her career.
She traveled throughout England and France during her youth as a result of her sister's poor health.
She was a co-founder of the Fabian Society, a Marxist, socialist organization. During the 1880s, she went on a socialist-themed lecture tour.
She married Hubert Bland in 1880 and gave birth to his child two months later. After she discovered that her friend, Alice Hoatson, had also been impregnated by Bland, she adopted Hoatson's child and went on to have three more children of her own.
Her children's book, The Railway Children, was made into a film by Lionel Jeffries.