Few novelist-poets are as little known for their poetry as Edith Nesbit. An outstanding children’s writer, whom most of us probably first met as E Nesbit, author of the much-dramatised The Railway Children, she produced 21 collections of poetry and numerous adult novels and story collections too. She was a political radical, a founder member of theFabian Society, and collaborated on various works with her first husband, Hubert Bland, under the nom de plume Fabian Bland. Her poems continue to turn up in anthologies, and they are well worth searching out.
Words will never hurt me … a shelf of books at the Bodleian Library, Oxford Photograph: Adam Woolfitt/Corbis