Creator: E. Nesbit

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), Five Children and It (and sequels), and The Railway Children.

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.

Works by E. Nesbit with their own trope page include:


Other works by E. Nesbit provide examples of:

  • Call a Pegasus a "Hippogriff": Trope Namer. 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.
  • Curious as a Monkey: 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.
  • It Was Here, I Swear: The end of "The Caves and the Cockatrice"
  • Moustache de Plume, ambiguous initials subtype
  • Our Dragons Are Different: "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.
  • Taken for Granite: Kathleen in The Enchanted Castle is turned into marble after carelessly wishing she was a statue (because statues are cool - temperature-wise, that is). She remains conscious, but doesn't seem to mind too much. Later inverted when a whole bunch of statues come to life, Kathleen among them, though they're all animate marble rather than flesh and blood.

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E Nesbit