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Brief Biography of Edith Nesbit:
Edith Nesbit (August 15, 1858 - May 4, 1924) was an English author and poet whose children's works were published under the name of E. Nesbit. She wrote or collaborated on over 60 books of fiction for children, several of which have been adapted for film and television. She started a new genre, of magical adventures arising from everyday settings, and has been much imitated.
Nesbit was a direct or indirect influence on many subsequent writers, including P.L. Travers (author of Mary Poppins), Edward Eager, Diana Wynne Jones and J.K. Rowling. C.S. Lewis wrote of her influence on his Narnia series and mentions the Bastable children in The Magician's Nephew.
Nesbit married a bank clerk named Hubert Bland in 1880 at the age of 22. She had three of her own children though she also raised two of Bland's illegitimate children as her own.
A heavy smoker, Nesbitt suffered from lung cancer in her final years. She died in 1924 at New Romney, Kent, and was buried in the churchyard of St Mary in the Marsh.
For a more complete biography, see Edith Nesbit on Wikipedia
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