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Edith Nesbit was born in London. Her father John Collis Nesbit, headed an agricultural college, which her mother continued to run after his death when Edith was a small child. She was educated at home and also attended a boarding school in France. She traveled in Spain, France and Germany with her mother and sister Mary, partly in search of a cure for Mary's tuberculosis. On their return to England, her mother moved the family to a house in Kent, a region that Edith came to love. In 1880, at age 19, she married Hubert Bland, a journalist and economist, with whom she had five children. The couple were both socialists and became co-founders of the Fabian Society in 1884. They published a couple of works together as Fabian Bland. Edith had began writing as a teenager, and published stories under the pen name E. Nesbit to augment her growing family's income. Her novels for children, which celebrated adventure and family life, such as The Railway Children (1906), Five Children and It (1902), and The Magic City (1910) soon became popular. The Railway Children holds a special place in British children's literature thanks also to two BBC serials, a 1970 film adaptation, and a 2000 ITV adaptation. Edith Nesbit's famous series of books featuring the Bastable family included The Story of the Treasure Seekers (1899) and The Wouldbegoods (1901). She wrote numerous other works for children, but also wrote 11 novels, short stories, and four collections of horror stories for adults. Edith and her husband loved to entertain at their home, Well Hall in Eltham, and among their many literary and political friends were H.G. Wells, George Bernard Shaw, and Sidney and Beatrice Webb. After Bland's death, Edith remarried in 1917 to Thomas Terry Tucker, a marine engineer.
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