Thursday, July 28, 2016

Happy Birthday to Beatrix Potter

Beatrix Potter at her farm Hill Top in the Lake District, 1913. Photograph: AP
Years ago the BBC did a wonderful series on her life. They did not skip over her difficult and snobbish parents, her battle for recognition and her eventual happy marriage. Actually I don't remember reading those books as a child but when I "discovered" them as an adult, I was charmed by the illustrations and the tiny size, apparently designed by Potter to fit childish hands.

Her difficult life: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/books/what-to-read/the-strange-life-of-beatrix-potter--how-rabbits-and-mushrooms-se/

Guns, class war and a transvestite cat: what a new Beatrix Potter story reveals about the author: Doppelgängers and transvestites, guns and gangsters, secret lives: these are not the first things that come to mind when considering the work of Beatrix Potter. Yet the creator of Peter Rabbit and Hunca-Munca once wrote a story that featured all of them: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/books/what-to-read/guns-class-war-and-a-transvestite-cat-what-a-new-beatrix-potter/

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20160728-the-hidden-adult-themes-in-beatrix-potter

Treats for her 150th birthday party: https://homeiswheretheboatis.net/2016/07/28/happy-150th-birthday-beatrix-potter/




BeatrixPotter’s 150th birthday, looking at Peter’s + Jemima’s #medieval predecessors http://www.bl.uk/manuscripts/FullDisplay.aspx?ref=Royal_MS_10_e_iv …

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