E(dith) (1858-1924) English author of children’s books. She wrote The Story of the Treasure Seekers 1899 and The Railway Children 1906. Her stories often have a humorous magical element, as in Five Children and It 1902. The Treasure Seekers is the first of several books about the realistically squabbling Bastable children. Nesbit was a Fabian socialist and supported her family by writing.