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The World of Beatrix Potter by Janice Carter

"Once upon a time there were four little rabbits and their names were -
                              Flopsy, Mopsy, Cotton-Tail, and Peter."
from The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter



Many, perhaps most, of us know those opening lines from that iconic children's book, The Tale of Peter Rabbit, and have read it to our children or grandchildren (as I plan to do some day!), but how much do you actually know about the life of its prolific author-illustrator?
       Speaking for myself, not much, as I learned on a recent rip to the Lake District in England and a visit to her final home in Hawkshead, near Lake Windermere.


    Helen Beatrix Potter was born in London England in 1866 to a wealthy family of cotton merchants, artists and photographers. Like many girls of the upper-middle class in the late Victorian era, Beatrix was educated by governesses and expected to lead a life devoted to the arts, as well as family. But Beatrix was no ordinary Victorian woman.
    The tra…

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