Edith Nesbit (1858-1924) is perhaps most famous for writing The Railway Children and Five Children and It, but she was extremely prolific and wrote or collaborated on more than sixty children's books. Nesbit is today recognised as one of the most influential and innovative children's writers that ever lived, and is cited as an inspiration by many contemporary authors, including J. K. Rowling, Neil Gaiman, Jacqueline Wilson, Kate Saunders and Frank Cottrell-Boyce. Even C. S. Lewis acknowledged the debt his Narnia series owed to her work - particularly the Bastable and Psammead trilogies.
GROVER NORQUIST is president of Americans for Tax Reform and the American Society of Competitiveness. He serves on the board of directors of the NRA, the American Conservative Union, the Parental Rights Organization, and the Center for the National Interest. Norquist is a contributing editor to the American Spectator Magazine and has authored three books: Rock the House, Leave Us Alone, and Debacle, with co-author John Lott.