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"E. Nesbit's Magic" (1964) Summary and Analysis

Almost unknown in the United States, Edith Nesbit is the British author of a series of imaginative children's books—books about children, as Vidal notes. She is, after Lewis Carroll (author of Through the Looking Glass), "the best of the English fabulists who was able to create a world of magic and inverted logic that was entirely her own."

The daughter of the head of a British agricultural college, Nesbit began writing books about children to support her five children because her philandering husband was not able to support his family. One of her biographers said Nesbit didn't really like children, so her characters "are intelligent, vain, aggressive, humorous, witty, cruel compassionate just like adults," Vidal writes. In Edwardian England, children were seen as small, weak and unable to control their environment...

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