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Sep 10, Jobe rated it really liked it. This was an unusual little book but I enjoyed it thoroughly.

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A bit angsty at times and over overdramatic, I still found it to be a nice little period piece. It was very unlike anything I expected from Edith Nesbit, but I would read something along these lines from her again. This romance follows sappy young Betty, a would-be artist, through her first love -- with an engaging but not overly scrupulous painter. It lacks the charm of Nesbit's stories for young people and comes to a predictable, socially acceptable conclusion, but the writing is clear, the story moves along and the descriptions of turn-of-the-century Paris add interest. Aug 25, Kim rated it did not like it.

I love the children's fiction she's written, so this one was not my cuppa. But still well written, gently romantic and full of life events. If you like old fashioned romances, this may well be something you would love. May 17, Mariah rated it liked it. Apr 21, Nancy rated it liked it Shelves: read. Fun period romance. Fans of Nesbit's kidlit should check it out.

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I only wish she could have kept up the irony of the early pages. Romance, not always my kind of Books, but this one I enjoyed in general Mashell rated it liked it Nov 12, Judio rated it did not like it May 03, Mackenzie rated it really liked it Oct 05, Patty rated it liked it Nov 24, Angela Madin rated it liked it Sep 07, Nika rated it liked it Nov 20, Arsenicmercury rated it liked it Feb 10, Angela Reed-Fox rated it it was ok Mar 21, Daisy rated it it was ok Sep 01, Gary rated it liked it Aug 15, Michelle rated it really liked it Jan 02, Katherine rated it liked it Dec 14, Carol M rated it it was amazing Apr 28, Paul rated it liked it Dec 07, Mary rated it it was ok Mar 30, There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

About E. Edith Nesbit married name Edith Bland; 15 August — 4 May was an English author and poet; she published her books for children under the name of E. She wrote or collaborated on over 60 books of fiction for children, several of which have been adapted for film and television. She was also a political activist and co-founded the Fabian Society, a socialist organisation later connec Edith Nesbit married name Edith Bland; 15 August — 4 May was an English author and poet; she published her books for children under the name of E.

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She was also a political activist and co-founded the Fabian Society, a socialist organisation later connected to the Labour Party. Edith Nesbit was born in Kennington, Surrey, the daughter of agricultural chemist and schoolmaster John Collis Nesbit. The death of her father when she was four and the continuing ill health of her sister meant that Nesbit had a transitory childhood, her family moving across Europe in search of healthy climates only to return to England for financial reasons.

Nesbit therefore spent her childhood attaining an education from whatever sources were available - local grammars, the occasional boarding school but mainly through reading. At 17 her family finally settled in London and aged 19, Nesbit met Hubert Bland, a political activist and writer. They became lovers and when Nesbit found she was pregnant they became engaged, marrying in April After this scandalous for Victorian society beginning, the marriage would be an unconventional one.

Initially, the couple lived separately - Nesbit with her family and Bland with his mother and her live-in companion Maggie Doran. Nesbit discovered a few months into the marriage that Bland had been conducting an affair with Doran, fathering a child with her and previously promising to marry her. Though they argued ferociously Nesbit did not end the marriage, choosing instead to move in properly with her husband and become friends with Doran.

She then began to help support Doran and her own family financially by writing and selling sentimental poetry. Nesbit's writing career therefore truly began as a need to support another woman's child. As the family grew Nesbit and Bland became increasingly politically active.


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In they were amongst the founding members of The Fabian Society, a socialist group that would have an enormous effect on the politics of Britain over the next century. The couple named their third child Fabian after the society. At around the same time Nesbit invited her close friend Alice Hoatson to live with the family as housekeeper and secretary, as Hoatson was pregnant out of wedlock.

Nesbit agreed to adopt the child to prevent a scandal. However after the child was born it became clear that the father of the child was none other than Nesbit's own husband - Bland. Nesbit demanded that the mother and baby leave her house; however Bland refused to allow it, stating he would leave her in turn if they could not remain. Nesbit relented and adopted the baby, Rosamund, and later dedicated her book 'The Book of Dragons' to her. Initially, Edith Nesbit books were novels meant for adults, including The Prophet's Mantle and The Marden Mystery about the early days of the socialist movement.

Written under the pen name of her third child 'Fabian Bland', these books were not successful. Nesbit generated an income for the family by lecturing around the country on socialism and through her journalism she was editor of the Fabian Society's journal, Today. Between and Nesbit's life altered dramatically. In Alice Hoatson had another child, John, with Bland - whom Nesbit dutifully adopted as her own son.

In her son Fabian died suddenly from tonsillitis - the loss would have a deep emotional impact and numerous subsequent Edith Nesbit books were dedicated to his memory. These personal upsets were occurring at the same time as Nesbit's increasing success and fame as an author for children.

In she had published The Adventures of the Treasure Seekers to great acclaim. Books by E.

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  8. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Shelves: another-look-book. Full review and other recommendations! It takes the sort of cliched setup from the time period--roguish, immoral man charms young, sheltered woman--and allows the story line to grow from there, rather than being limited by prudish moralism. I especially loved the main character's world-traveling, outspoken aunt, as well as the other outspoken women characters in the novel.

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    You can also detect traces of Nesbit's reformist socio-political principles she was a founding member of the Fabian Society , if you're on the lookout for them. Mostly, though, it's just a good, entertaining story, featuring a naive girl and the art world of Belle Epoque Paris. Dec 12, Laura McDonald rated it really liked it. I had heard of Nesbit from her children's books, so I recognized her name while scrolling around the "romance" section over at Feedbooks.

    I can't find a review of this book anywhere, and a look at Nesbit's Wikipedia article doesn't mention anything about her writing for adults.

    I feel like I'm braving uncharted territory! The Incomplete Amorist is not a children's novel, but neither is it overly adult. The novel centers upon four main characters and their romantic interactions. Betty Desmond is a I had heard of Nesbit from her children's books, so I recognized her name while scrolling around the "romance" section over at Feedbooks.