(1840–1929), English writer. Born in Brighton, Arabella Burton Buckley took a position at the age of twenty-four as secretary to the geologist Sir Charles Lyell, for whom she worked until his death in 1875. She then turned to writing and lecturing on science, producing books for children that combined solid, cutting-edge scientific thinking with the poetic and magical attractions of the natural world. Based on her London lectures for children, her best-known book is the wonderfully illustrated The Fairy-Land of Science (1879), which terms natural forces “fairies” and includes chapters on “The History of a Piece of Coal” and “The Life of a Primrose.” Other works include Through Magic Glasses, and Other Lectures: A Sequel to “The Fairy-Land of Science” (1880); Life and Her Children: Glimpses of Animal Life from the Amoeba to the Insects (1880); and Winner's in Life's Race; or, The Great Backboned Family (1882), which is about evolution.
From The Oxford Encyclopedia of Children's Literature in Oxford Reference.