Edith Nesbit

Gore Vidal was correct when he stated that Nesbit didn’t write for children so much as about children. I discovered this while recounting one of her stories for my five-years old nieces, much to the horror of their mother when it came to bedtime. This British author created magical worlds and situations that are simply delightful to read. Granted, at this point I have only read The Book of Dragons and The Magic World, but am completely under her sway. Considering the success of A Series of Unfortunate Events, I’m surprised that Nesbit’s works don’t catch on; however, her prose is far too sophisticated and alien for most young American. It is pity, as her works belong among the classic canon of Grimm and Perrault’s fairy tales.