Beatrix Potter

English author Helen Beatrix Potter was a popular and prolific children's writer. Potter wrote and illustrated about 28 books, all with animals as characters. The most famous of her stories is The Tale of Peter Rabbit (1902), which Potter had originally written for the ailing son of her ex-governess. Its success inspired more books, including The Tailor of Gloucester (1903), The Tale of Benjamin Bunny (1904), and The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck (1908). Potter combined her understanding of children, her talents as an artist, and her interests as a naturalist to create books that have won audiences for more than a century. The original illustrations for all of her works are now featured in the Tate Galleries in London.

Potter was born on July 28, 1866, and she was the child of a genteel upper-middle-class family. She spent a lonely and restricted childhood in London. This isolation was alleviated only by her summers painting and drawing in the countryside in Scotland and in her Read More chevron_right