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(Helen) Beatrix Potter, 1866 - 1943 (Helen) Beatrix Potter was born in 1866 in London where she was privately educated. During most of her adult life, she lived in a farm cottage in Sawrey, Westmoreland County. She was unsuccessful in trying to publish her serious botanical work, watercolor studies of fungi, but she wrote and privately published "The Tale of Peter Rabbit" for an invalid child in 1900. This story became a children's classic throughout the world. Other animal characters created by her include, Benjamin Bunny, Jemima Puddle-Duck, and Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle. Her tales are illustrated by her own hand in delicate and detailed watercolor pictures depicting her characters. Potter's other works include "The Tailor of Gloucester" published in 1902 and "The Tale of Tom Kitten" published in 1907. At her death in 1943, she bequeathed her property in Sawrey to the National Trust, which also maintains her home as a museum. (Bowker Author Biography)
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The Tale of Peter Rabbit 10,076 copies, 172 reviews
The Tale of Benjamin Bunny (Illustrator, some editions) 3,239 copies, 27 reviews
The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck 2,827 copies, 19 reviews
The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin 2,315 copies, 21 reviews
The Tale of Tom Kitten 2,250 copies, 16 reviews
The Tale of Mr. Jeremy Fisher 2,211 copies, 22 reviews
The Tale of Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle 1,883 copies, 25 reviews
The Tailor of Gloucester 1,804 copies, 20 reviews
The Tale of Two Bad Mice 1,803 copies, 17 reviews
The Tale of the Flopsy Bunnies 1,709 copies, 15 reviews
The Tale of Mrs. Tittlemouse 1,354 copies, 12 reviews
The Tale of Timmy Tiptoes 1,112 copies, 8 reviews
The Tale of Johnny Town-mouse 863 copies, 5 reviews
The Tale of Ginger & Pickles 839 copies, 8 reviews
The Story of Miss Moppet 830 copies, 9 reviews
The Tale of Mr. Tod 770 copies, 9 reviews
The Tale of Pigling Bland 752 copies, 8 reviews
The Story of a Fierce Bad Rabbit 723 copies, 6 reviews
The Tale of Little Pig Robinson 686 copies, 5 reviews
Giant Treasury of Peter Rabbit 673 copies, 2 reviews
Appley Dapply's Nursery Rhymes 661 copies, 4 reviews
Cecily Parsley's Nursery Rhymes 657 copies, 5 reviews
Giant Treasury of Beatrix Potter 296 copies, 2 reviews
Beatrix Potter: A Journal 286 copies, 2 reviews
A Beatrix Potter Treasury 183 copies, 2 reviews
The Fairy Caravan 169 copies, 5 reviews
Peter Rabbit and Other Stories 135 copies, 2 reviews
The Peter Rabbit Pop-up Book 124 copies, 1 review
The Tale of Kitty-In-Boots 124 copies, 3 reviews
Peter Rabbit's Giant Storybook 124 copies, 1 review
A Treasury of Bunny Stories 86 copies, 1 review
The Art of Beatrix Potter 70 copies, 2 reviews
Peter Rabbit's A B C 57 copies, 1 review
What Time Is It, Peter Rabbit? 57 copies, 1 review
Peter Rabbit's 1 2 3 56 copies, 1 review
Peter Rabbit's Cookery Book (Illustrator) 41 copies, 2 reviews
A First Peter Rabbit Book 38 copies, 1 review
P Is for Peter (Peter Rabbit) 36 copies, 1 review
Meet Tom Kitten 32 copies
The Sly Old Cat 30 copies
Tom Kitten [Shaped Board Book] 23 copies, 1 review
Red Riding Hood 20 copies, 1 review
Love from Peter Rabbit 19 copies, 1 review
All About Peter 17 copies
Peter Rabbit Who Lives Here? 11 copies, 2 reviews
Peekaboo, Peter! (Illustrator) 8 copies, 1 review
Peter Rabbit 5 copies
Fictitious Dishes (Illustrator, some editions) 89 copies, 8 reviews
Richard Adams's Favorite Animal Stories (Contributor) 59 copies, 1 review
The World of Peter Rabbit and Friends [TV series] (Original stories) 42 copies, 1 review
Round the Christmas Tree (Author) 41 copies, 1 review

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Beatrix Potter was born in south Kensington, London, to a wealthy family. She was educated by a governess and had a sheltered childhood with her younger brother Bertram. They kept an assortment of pets, including rabbits, mice, frogs, lizards, snakes, snails, and bats.
She began to draw and paint at an early age, and her parents encouraged her interest in art, providing her with special tutors and taking her to exhibitions at galleries.
The family spent summers in Scotland and later in the English Lake District, which provided much inspiration for her later work. She made her debut as a writer with a small animal book called A Happy Pair (1890), published under the pseudonym H.B.P. Her most famous work, The Tale of Peter Rabbit, was privately printed in 1901 in an edition of 250 copies, and then published by Frederick Warne & Co. Her wildly popular series of children's books, with their charming watercolor illustrations, also launched entire industries of pottery, tea-towels, plush toys, and animated films. With her royalties, she bought Hill Top, a 17th-century farm at Sawrey, Lancashire, in the Lake District, which became the setting for several of her books. At age 47, she married William Heelis, a solicitor, and gradually stopped writing. She bought a sheep farm and spent her last 30 years raising Herdwick sheep.
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