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Long Ago When I Was Young

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An autobiographical account by the author of "The Railway Children" and other children's books, in which she describes a childhood spent sometimes within the security of her family and sometimes apart from them in schools she detested.
Hardcover, 128 pages
Published 1966 by Ronald Whiting & Wheaton
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Miriam
Mar 22, 2015 Miriam rated it really liked it
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As I read (auto)biographical material on British children's authors my overwhelming impression is that they all had absolutely miserable, stressful, neglectful childhoods. I wonder if all the happy, close families with siblings who generally play nicely together was what little Daisy was fantasizing about as she was shipped higgledy-piggledy from one boarding school to the next, in between going to houses that were almost always new since her last visit, sometimes not even with her own family -- ...more
Allie Riley
Sep 20, 2013 Allie Riley rated it it was amazing
Utterly charming. Noel Streatfeild (another of my favourite childhood authors) provides the introduction where she talks of Nesbit's work and the way some of her childhood experiences may have fed into that. There follows some of E. Nesbit's own reminiscences - covering her various homes and educational arrangements. She seems to have had fondest memories of her times in France and Kent. The book took barely an hour to read and I felt like I'd only had a little taster. Many other experiences ...more
Melinda
Jul 09, 2008 Melinda rated it liked it
This is the autobiography of Edith Nesbit, author of many children's books, including "The Treasure Seekers", "Five Children and It", "The Wouldbegoods", and others. Edith (called Daisy) was born in England in 1858. She died in 1924. Her type of writing for children was ground-breaking and new at the time, and she influenced a great number of writers with her unusual brand of whimsy, magic, and fairy tale creatures. These writers included C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien. If you read Nesbit's ...more
Chris
Jan 17, 2013 Chris rated it liked it
Shelves: autobiography, nesbit
If, as Wordsworth proposed, “the Child is father of the Man,” then reading someone’s childhood memoirs may help hold up a mirror to the adult mindset. If that someone is a noted author such as Edith Nesbit, then it’s hard not to see in the accounts of youthful escapades a key not just to understanding their motivations as a grownup but also for revealing the inspirations for their writings. And so it is with the reminiscences in Long Ago When I Was Young, written for publication when Nesbit was ...more
Daniel
Nov 28, 2007 Daniel rated it it was ok
I greatly enjoy the works of Edith Nesbit and often wish that more people would read her now. She's most famous for The Railway Children, though I don't feel it's her strongest. This autobiography, which really only covers her first ten years, is written in the same, conversational style that her books are written.

I didn't find anything particularly interesting or revealing in this book, other than that she suffered from a fear of the dark as a child, and that her sister was very good at telling
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Robin Chalk
Oct 08, 2016 Robin Chalk rated it really liked it
It was because of this book that I knew to visit the Catacombs in Paris. After reading Edith Nesbit's description of how scary they were to her as a child, I had to see for myself. Yep.
Gale
Mar 31, 2013 Gale rated it liked it
“A Patchwork Peek into Victorian Girlhood”

This literary scraspbook of a young girl’s childhood on two shores
is really a collection of 12 sketches by a Victorian lady novelist, mainly known for her delightful fantasy tales written for children. Edith Nesbit has culled a dozen vignettes from her garden of memories to share with readers who might have wondered what it was like to grow up in the 1860’s.

Due to her older sister’s poor health the family undertakes many moves—seeking sunnier climes, e
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Meredith
Apr 30, 2009 Meredith rated it liked it
Recommends it for: people who like E. Nesbit's books
Shelves: non-fiction
E. Nesbit writes about her childhood and the events that shaped it and her writing. Noel Streatfield wrote the introduction!
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Nothing too bad happened to her, by today's standards, but I did feel sorry for her.
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Edith Nesbit (married name Edith Bland; 15 August 1858 – 4 May 1924) was an English author and poet; she published her books for children under the name of E. Nesbit.
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
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