19 August 1858 - 4 May 1924
English poet, journalist, and short-story writer, perhaps now best-known for her children's books (the twice-filmed Five Children and It, The Railway Children and The Wouldbegoods) and the over-anthologized horror tale "Man-Size in Marble." She also published works under the joint pseudonym (with her husband) "Fabian Bland."
How can you not love a writer described, by a contemporary, thus: "Mrs. Bland — E. Nesbit — the popular author of "The Would-Be-Good," was always surrounded by adoring young men, dazzled by her vitality, amazing talent and the sheer magnificence of her appearance. She was a very tall woman, built on the grand scale, and on festive occasions wore a trailing gown of peacock blue satin with strings of beads and Indian bangles from wrist to elbow. Madame, as she was always called, smoked incessantly, and her long cigarette holder became an indissoluble part of the picture she suggested–a raffish Rossetti, with a long full throat, and dark luxuriant hair, smoothly parted. She was a wonderful woman, large hearted, amazingly unconventional, but with sudden strange reversions to ultra-respectable standards. Her children’s stories had an immense vogue, and she could write unconcernedly in the midst of a crowd, smoking like a chimney all the while." [Mark Gaipa, The New Age Modernist Journals Project, Brown U]
"The Ebony Frame" 
"Hurst of Hurstcote" (1893)
A horror tale that explores the idea of hypnotism reaching across the boundary between life and death -- a theme explored by Edgar Allan Poe
in "The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar."
"In the Dark" 
"John Charrington's Wedding" 
Nesbit's late-Victorian take on the "spectre bridegroom"
motif, with interesting side glimpses at issues of wealth and class and duty -- ideals beloved of the Victorians.
"Man-size in Marble" 
"The Mystery of the Semi-Detached" 
"The Power of Darkness" 
Like waxworks? You may not, after you read this story. A study of the power of fear, and thus reflective of late-Victorian interest in psychology, this tale compares very nicely to H. G. Wells'
"The Red Room."
"The Violet Car"