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10th Mar '13 6:25:15 AM LordGro
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'''E. Nesbit''' (1858-1924) was a popular and influential English author of children's adventure stories. Her real name was Edith Bland (née Nesbit).

Famous works include ''The Story of the Treasure Seekers'' (and sequels), ''Literature/FiveChildrenAndIt'' (and sequels), and ''Literature/TheRailwayChildren''.

E. Nesbit was unusual for her time in writing children's stories set in the real world, instead of in a made-up fantasyland, although many of them (such as ''Five Children and It'') contain fantasy elements.
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!!Works by E. Nesbit with their own trope page include:

* ''Literature/FiveChildrenAndIt'' (and sequels)
* ''Literature/{{Melisande}}''
* ''Literature/TheRailwayChildren''

!!Other works by E. Nesbit provide examples of:

* TheAllConcealingI: Attempted by the narrator of ''The Story of the Treasure Seekers'', not very effectively; the narrator is a child and is only concealing their identity as a game for the reader.
* AuthorAvatar: In-universe in ''The Story of the Treasure-Seekers'': when the kids are alternating chapters of a serial story, Noel names the hero "Noeloninuris". When Oswald gets a chapter, he [[RetCon retcons]] the name to "Osrawalddo".
* CallAPegasusAHippogriff: TropeNamer. In "The Book Of Beasts", the hero must summon a creature identified as a hippogriff to save his city from a dragon. The creature that appears is what most people would identify as a pegasus, a winged horse. To be fair, you can't say that a hippogriff isn't a winged horse (or that a pegasus isn't technically part horse, part bird for that matter). It's also possible that Nesbit figured that the word pegasus must only refer to ''the'' Pegasus.
* CuriousAsAMonkey: The protagonist of "The Caves and the Cockatrice":
-->His inquiring mind led him to take clocks to pieces to see what made them go, to take locks off doors to see what made them stick. It was Edmund who cut open the India rubber ball to see what made it bounce, and he never did see, any more than you did when you tried the same experiment.
* GenreSavvy: "Melisande" is set in a fairy tale world where everyone is Genre Savvy. For example, the king and queen deliberately refuse to hold a christening party, knowing what happened to the Literature/SleepingBeauty. When ''all'' the fairies are furious that they weren't invited, and they want to curse the princess, the king points out that traditionally, only one of them can curse the princess or they'll go out "like a candle-flame". He's more or less bluffing, but since the evil fairy Malevola already did the cursing, they decide not to risk it, thank the queen for a lovely afternoon, and leave.
* ItWasHereISwear: The end of "The Caves and the Cockatrice"
* MagicPants: Lampshaded in "Melisande"; when fairy magic causes the princess to grow to enormous size, it's mentioned that things could have been quite inconvenient if her clothes hadn't grown with her.
* MoustacheDePlume, ambiguous initials subtype
* NarratorAllAlong: PlayedForLaughs in ''The Story of the Treasure Seekers''. The narrator keeps praising one of the main characters as being so clever and brave, and how it isn't his fault when things go wrong. Then the narrator begins forgetting to use the grammatical third person...
* NurseWithGoodIntentions: In ''The Story of the Treasure Seekers'', the kids decide they want to invent medicine. So they try goofing around in the cold until one of them gets sick. Eventually, one of them does and they try to give him all sorts of medicines...but none work and he just gets worse. Needless to say, the adult who discovers this mess is not amused.
* OurDragonsAreDifferent: "The Dragon Tamers" includes a Western style dragon covered nose to tail in rusty armor plating; after a set of adventures (including a fight with a giant), he ends up befriending the blacksmith's son and the other children in the village, after which the armor falls off and the dragon turns out to be the world's first cat.
* RapunzelHair: In the comedic fairy-tale story "Melisande", Princess Melisande is cursed at birth to be bald. When she grows up she is given a magical wish, and at the prompting of her mother requests long, lovely, ''fast-growing'' hair. HilarityEnsues.
* RelativeError
* UnreliableNarrator: The narrator of ''The Story of the Treasure Seekers'' and its sequels.
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'''E. Nesbit''' (1858-1924) was a popular and influential English author of children's adventure stories. Her real name was Edith Bland (née Nesbit).

Famous works include ''The Story of the Treasure Seekers'' (and sequels), ''Literature/FiveChildrenAndIt'' (and sequels), and ''Literature/TheRailwayChildren''.

E. Nesbit was unusual for her time in writing children's stories set in the real world, instead of in a made-up fantasyland, although many of them (such as ''Five Children and It'') contain fantasy elements.
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!!Works by E. Nesbit with their own trope page include:

* ''Literature/FiveChildrenAndIt'' (and sequels)
* ''Literature/{{Melisande}}''
* ''Literature/TheRailwayChildren''

!!Other works by E. Nesbit provide examples of:

* TheAllConcealingI: Attempted by the narrator of ''The Story of the Treasure Seekers'', not very effectively; the narrator is a child and is only concealing their identity as a game for the reader.
* AuthorAvatar: In-universe in ''The Story of the Treasure-Seekers'': when the kids are alternating chapters of a serial story, Noel names the hero "Noeloninuris". When Oswald gets a chapter, he [[RetCon retcons]] the name to "Osrawalddo".
* CallAPegasusAHippogriff: TropeNamer. In "The Book Of Beasts", the hero must summon a creature identified as a hippogriff to save his city from a dragon. The creature that appears is what most people would identify as a pegasus, a winged horse. To be fair, you can't say that a hippogriff isn't a winged horse (or that a pegasus isn't technically part horse, part bird for that matter). It's also possible that Nesbit figured that the word pegasus must only refer to ''the'' Pegasus.
* CuriousAsAMonkey: The protagonist of "The Caves and the Cockatrice":
-->His inquiring mind led him to take clocks to pieces to see what made them go, to take locks off doors to see what made them stick. It was Edmund who cut open the India rubber ball to see what made it bounce, and he never did see, any more than you did when you tried the same experiment.
* GenreSavvy: "Melisande" is set in a fairy tale world where everyone is Genre Savvy. For example, the king and queen deliberately refuse to hold a christening party, knowing what happened to the Literature/SleepingBeauty. When ''all'' the fairies are furious that they weren't invited, and they want to curse the princess, the king points out that traditionally, only one of them can curse the princess or they'll go out "like a candle-flame". He's more or less bluffing, but since the evil fairy Malevola already did the cursing, they decide not to risk it, thank the queen for a lovely afternoon, and leave.
* ItWasHereISwear: The end of "The Caves and the Cockatrice"
* MagicPants: Lampshaded in "Melisande"; when fairy magic causes the princess to grow to enormous size, it's mentioned that things could have been quite inconvenient if her clothes hadn't grown with her.
* MoustacheDePlume, ambiguous initials subtype
* NarratorAllAlong: PlayedForLaughs in ''The Story of the Treasure Seekers''. The narrator keeps praising one of the main characters as being so clever and brave, and how it isn't his fault when things go wrong. Then the narrator begins forgetting to use the grammatical third person...
* NurseWithGoodIntentions: In ''The Story of the Treasure Seekers'', the kids decide they want to invent medicine. So they try goofing around in the cold until one of them gets sick. Eventually, one of them does and they try to give him all sorts of medicines...but none work and he just gets worse. Needless to say, the adult who discovers this mess is not amused.
* OurDragonsAreDifferent: "The Dragon Tamers" includes a Western style dragon covered nose to tail in rusty armor plating; after a set of adventures (including a fight with a giant), he ends up befriending the blacksmith's son and the other children in the village, after which the armor falls off and the dragon turns out to be the world's first cat.
* RapunzelHair: In the comedic fairy-tale story "Melisande", Princess Melisande is cursed at birth to be bald. When she grows up she is given a magical wish, and at the prompting of her mother requests long, lovely, ''fast-growing'' hair. HilarityEnsues.
* RelativeError
* UnreliableNarrator: The narrator of ''The Story of the Treasure Seekers'' and its sequels.
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9th Mar '13 12:07:42 PM Xtifr
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Famous works include ''The Story of the Treasure Seekers'' (and sequels), ''Literature/FiveChildrenAndIt'' (and sequels), and ''TheRailwayChildren''.

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Famous works include ''The Story of the Treasure Seekers'' (and sequels), ''Literature/FiveChildrenAndIt'' (and sequels), and ''TheRailwayChildren''.
''Literature/TheRailwayChildren''.
9th Mar '13 12:00:25 PM Xtifr
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* ''TheRailwayChildren''

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* ''TheRailwayChildren''
''Literature/TheRailwayChildren''
9th Mar '13 11:54:32 AM Xtifr
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* ''Literature/{{Melisande}}''
22nd Jul '12 1:44:33 PM LordGro
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* GenreSavvy: "Melisande" is set in a fairy tale world where everyone is Genre Savvy. For example, the king and queen deliberately refuse to hold a christening party, knowing what happened to the SleepingBeauty. When ''all'' the fairies are furious that they weren't invited, and they want to curse the princess, the king points out that traditionally, only one of them can curse the princess or they'll go out "like a candle-flame". He's more or less bluffing, but since the evil fairy Malevola already did the cursing, they decide not to risk it, thank the queen for a lovely afternoon, and leave.

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* GenreSavvy: "Melisande" is set in a fairy tale world where everyone is Genre Savvy. For example, the king and queen deliberately refuse to hold a christening party, knowing what happened to the SleepingBeauty.Literature/SleepingBeauty. When ''all'' the fairies are furious that they weren't invited, and they want to curse the princess, the king points out that traditionally, only one of them can curse the princess or they'll go out "like a candle-flame". He's more or less bluffing, but since the evil fairy Malevola already did the cursing, they decide not to risk it, thank the queen for a lovely afternoon, and leave.
17th Jun '12 11:34:16 AM LancelotG
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* AuthorAvatar: In-universe in ''The Story of the Treasure-Seekers'': when the kids are alternating chapters of a serial story, Noel names the hero " Noeloninuris" in his chapter. When Oswald gets a chapter, he [[RetCon retcons]] the name to "Osrawalddo".

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* AuthorAvatar: In-universe in ''The Story of the Treasure-Seekers'': when the kids are alternating chapters of a serial story, Noel names the hero " Noeloninuris" in his chapter."Noeloninuris". When Oswald gets a chapter, he [[RetCon retcons]] the name to "Osrawalddo".
17th Jun '12 11:33:40 AM LancelotG
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* AuthorAvatar: In-universe in ''The Story of the Treasure-Seekers'': when the kids are alternating chapters of a serial story, Noel names the hero " Noeloninuris" in his chapter. When Oswald gets a chapter, he [[RetCon retcons]] the name to "Osrawalddo".
30th Nov '11 9:33:12 PM PaulA
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Famous works include ''The Story of the Treasure Seekers'' (and sequels), ''Five Children and It'' (and sequels), and ''TheRailwayChildren''.

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Famous works include ''The Story of the Treasure Seekers'' (and sequels), ''Five Children and It'' ''Literature/FiveChildrenAndIt'' (and sequels), and ''TheRailwayChildren''.




* ''Literature/FiveChildrenAndIt'' (and sequels)



* ArtifactOfAttraction: In ''The Five Children and It'', the children accidentally wish their youngest sibling into this. Fortunately, it wears off at sunset, after a long day spent chasing after everyone who kidnapped him.
* AttackOfThe50FootWhatever: Happens to one of the children in in ''Five Children and It'' as a result of an imprecise wish.
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: Forms most of the plot of ''Five Children and It'' -- the "it" of the title is a cantankerous sand-fairy, whose granted wishes always backfire on the children.



* ChanceActivation: In ''Five Children and It'', while everyone tries to figure out how to open the door, the baby is playing with the lock. The door swings open.



* DiggingToChina: In ''Five Children and It'', the kids find the Psammead when they are trying to dig a hole to Australia.



* IGaveMyWord: In ''The Story of the Amulet'', the children and an Egyptian priest give their words: the priest by a secret name on a certain altar, and the children ''say'' they will do it, which means the same. [[spoiler:The priest then declares that there is no such name, so he is not bound, but the Psammead knows that there is, and threatens to call upon it.]]



* LiteralGenie: The Psammead in ''Five Children and It''.
* MageInManhattan: In Chapter 8 of the TimeTravel novel ''The Story of the Amulet'', a queen from ancient Babylon (who doesn't have magical powers, though they do exist in the novel) ends up in contemporary London.



* {{Orichalcum}}: A metal used by the Atlanteans in ''The Story of the Amulet''.



* OvernightAgeUp: In ''Five Children and It'' the older four get annoyed with how they have to chase their baby brother around all the time, so they wish him into a grownup. Unfortunately, he didn't learn all of the lessons associated with growing up, such as not being a total prat, and turns out to be even more annoying this way.
* ThePhoenix: There's one in ''The Phoenix and the Carpet'', unsurprisingly.



* SoBeautifulItsACurse: In ''Five Children and It'', the kids get a wish to "be as beautiful as the day" but nobody recognizes them, and they aren't even allowed into their own house. (Fortunately, the wish has a built-in time limit.)
30th Nov '11 9:01:57 PM PaulA
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* AttackOfThe50FootWhateverAttackOfThe50FootWhatever: Happens to one of the children in in ''Five Children and It'' as a result of an imprecise wish.
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* MagicPants: Lampshaded in "Melisande"; when fairy magic causes the princess to grow to enormous size, it's mentioned that things could have been quite inconvenient if her clothes hadn't grown with her.
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