Sunday, September 29, 2013


Edith Nesbit is a writer I'm well acquainted with from her magnificent ghost stories -- however, I've never read any of her children's books. Gore Vidal argued that 'After Lewis Carroll, E. Nesbit is the best of the English fabulists who wrote about children (neither wrote for children) and like Carroll she was able to create a world of magic and inverted logic that was entirely her own.' Having re-read Vidal's Nesbit essay and having just watched Lionel Jeffries's extraordinary 1970 movie of THE RAILWAY CHILDREN, now I'm keen to explore Edith Nesbit's children's novels. Nice to have something to look forward to! Vidal's 1964 essay is available free at New York Review of Books:

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