Edith Nesbit (married name Edith Bland; 15 August 1858 – 4 May 1924) was an English author and poet; she published her books for children under the name of E. Nesbit.

She wrote or collaborated on more than 60 books of children’s literature. She was also a political activist and co-founded the Fabian Society, a socialist organisation later affiliated to the Labour Party.

Books in order of publication:

Novels for children

Bastable series

  • 1899 The Story of the Treasure Seekers
  • 1901 The Wouldbegoods
  • 1904 The New Treasure Seekers

The Complete History of the Bastable Family (1928) is a posthumous omnibus of the three Bastable novels, but it is not the complete history. Four more stories about the Bastables are included in the 1905 collection Oswald Bastable and Others. The Bastables also appear in the 1902 adult novel The Red House.

Psammead series

  • 1902 Five Children and It
  • 1904 The Phoenix and the Carpet
  • 1906 The Story of the Amulet

House of Arden series

  • 1908 The House of Arden
  • 1909 Harding’s Luck

Other children’s novels

  • 1906 The Railway Children
  • 1907 The Enchanted Castle
  • 1910 The Magic City
  • 1911 The Wonderful Garden
  • 1913 Wet Magic
  • 1925 Five of Us—and Madeline

Novels for adults

  • 1885 The Prophet’s Mantle (as Fabian Bland)
  • 1886 Something Wrong (as Fabian Bland)
  • 1896 The Marden Mystery (as Fabian Bland) (Very rare; few if any copies have survived)
  • 1899 The Secret of Kyriels (Very rare; few if any copies have survived)
  • ]1902 The Red House
  • 1906 The Incomplete Amorist
  • 1909 Salome and the Head (also published as The House with No Address)
  • 1909 Daphne in Fitzroy Street
  • 1911 Dormant (US title, Rose Royal)
  • 1916 The Incredible Honeymoon
  • 1922 The Lark

Stories and story collections for children

  • 1891 “The Pilot”, poem,
  • 1894 Miss Mischief
  • 1895 Tick Tock, Tales of the Clock
  • 1895 Pussy Tales
  • 1895 Doggy Tales
  • 1897 The Children’s Shakespeare
  • 1897 Royal Children of English History
  • 1897 Tales Told in the Twilight (bed-time stories by multiple writers)
  • 1898 The Book of Dogs
  • 1899 Pussy and Doggy Tales
  • 1901 The Book of Dragons (stories previously published in The Strand, 1899)
  • 1901 Nine Unlikely Tales
  • 1902 The Revolt of the Toys
  • 1903 The Rainbow Queen and Other Stories
  • 1903 Playtime Stories
  • 1904 The Story of Five Rebellious Dolls
  • 1904 Cat Tales (by Nesbit and her daughter Rosamund E. Nesbit Bland)
  • 1905 Oswald Bastable and Others (includes four Bastable stories)
  • 1905 Pug Peter, King of Mouseland
  • 1907 Beautiful Stories from Shakespeare (reprint of The Children’s Shakespeare, 1895)
  • 1908 The Old Nursery Stories
  • 1912 The Magic World

Stories and story collections for adults

  • 1893 Grim Tales (horror stories)
  • 1893 Something Wrong (horror stories)
  • 1893 “Hurst of Hurstcote”
  • 1894 The Butler in Bohemia (by Nesbit and Oswald Barron),
  • 1896 In Homespun (10 stories “written in an English dialect” of South Kent and Sussex)
  • 1901 Thirteen Ways Home
  • 1903 The Literary Sense
  • 1906 Man and Maid (10 stories) (some supernatural stories)
  • 1908 “The Third Drug”, Strand Magazine, February 1908 (reprinted in anthologies under that title and as “The Three Drugs”)
  • 1909 These Little Ones
  • 1910 Fear (horror stories)
  • 1923 To the Adventurous

Non-fiction

  • 1913 Wings and the Child, or The Building of Magic Cities
  • 1966 Long Ago When I Was Young (originally a serial, ‘My School-Days: Memories of Childhood’, in Girl’s Own Paper 1896–97)

Poetry

  • 1886 “Lays and Legends”
  • 1887 “The Lily and the Cross”
  • 1887 “The Star of Bethlehem”
  • 1888 “The Better Part, and Other Poems”
  • 1888 “Landscape and Song”
  • 1888 “The Message of the Dove”
  • 1888 “All Round the Year”
  • 1888 “Leaves of Life”
  • 1889 “Corals and Sea Songs”
  • 1890 “Songs of Two Seasons”
  • 1892 “Sweet Lavender”
  • 1892 “Lays and Legends: Second Edition”
  • 1895 “Rose Leaves”
  • 1895 “A Pomander of Verse”
  • 1898 “Songs of Love and Empire”
  • 1901 “To Wish You Every Joy”
  • 1905 “The Rainbow and the Rose”
  • 1908 “Jesus in London”
  • 1883–1908 “Ballads and Lyrics of Socialism”
  • 1911 “Ballads and Verses of the Spiritual Life”
  • 1912 “Garden Poems”
  • 1922 “Many Voices”