Beatrix Potter (Helen Beatrix Potter) | First Editions

1866 - 1943

Helen Beatrix Potter (28 July 1866 – 22 December 1943) was an English writer, illustrator, natural scientist, and conservationist best known for her children's books featuring animals, such as those in The Tale of Peter Rabbit. Potter had an isolated childhood, separate from other children, and educated by governesses. However, her numerous pets and holidays in the Lake District, culminated in a love of landscape, flora and fauna. These became the subjects of her paintings, and literary works. In her thirties, Potter published the highly successful children's book, The Tale of Peter Rabbit.

Although prevented from higher education by society's attitudes to women at the time, Potter's study and watercolors of fungi led to her being widely respected in the field of mycology. She also had a successful career in farming and breeding, based in Hill Top Farm in a village in the Lake District. Potter wrote over 30 books, the best known being her 24 children's tales. On her death in 1943, Potter left almost all her property to the National Trust. She is credited with preserving much of the land that now constitutes the Lake District National Park. Her legacy lives on through her books, which continue to sell throughout the world in many languages; her stories have been retold in song, film, ballet, and animation, and her life depicted in a feature film and television film.

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