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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) — biography from The Tale of Peter Rabbit… (more)
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Try not to confuse with Beatrice Potter (1958-1943), probably better known under her married name as Beatrice Webb, a political writer and Fabian Society/Labour Party activist.

The Tale of Peter Rabbit 11,382 copies, 176 reviews
The Tale of Benjamin Bunny 3,600 copies, 29 reviews
The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck 3,192 copies, 20 reviews
The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin 2,561 copies, 21 reviews
The Tale of Tom Kitten 2,508 copies, 16 reviews
The Tale of Mr. Jeremy Fisher 2,472 copies, 23 reviews
The Tale of Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle 2,113 copies, 26 reviews
The Tailor of Gloucester 2,023 copies, 20 reviews
The Tale of Two Bad Mice 2,000 copies, 19 reviews
The Tale of the Flopsy Bunnies 1,929 copies, 15 reviews
The Tale of Mrs. Tittlemouse 1,496 copies, 13 reviews
The Tale of Timmy Tiptoes 1,273 copies, 9 reviews
The Tale of Johnny Town-Mouse 987 copies, 6 reviews
The Story of Miss Moppet 939 copies, 8 reviews
The Tale of Ginger and Pickles 894 copies, 8 reviews
The Tale of Mr. Tod 873 copies, 9 reviews
The Tale of Pigling Bland 857 copies, 8 reviews
The Story of a Fierce Bad Rabbit 816 copies, 7 reviews
The Tale of Little Pig Robinson 782 copies, 5 reviews
Cecily Parsley's Nursery Rhymes 749 copies, 4 reviews
Giant Treasury of Peter Rabbit 741 copies, 2 reviews
Appley Dapply's Nursery Rhymes 739 copies, 4 reviews
Giant Treasury of Beatrix Potter 336 copies, 2 reviews
Beatrix Potter: A Journal 303 copies, 2 reviews
A Beatrix Potter Treasury 232 copies, 2 reviews
The Fairy Caravan 197 copies, 5 reviews
Peter Rabbit and Other Stories 151 copies, 2 reviews
The Tale of Kitty-In-Boots 146 copies, 4 reviews
Peter Rabbit's Giant Storybook 141 copies, 1 review
The Peter Rabbit Pop-up Book 140 copies, 1 review
A Treasury of Bunny Stories 95 copies, 1 review
The Art of Beatrix Potter 78 copies, 2 reviews
Peter Rabbit's A B C 65 copies, 1 review
Peter Rabbit's 1 2 3 63 copies, 1 review
What Time Is It, Peter Rabbit? 59 copies, 1 review
Peter Rabbit's Cookery Book (Illustrator) 47 copies, 2 reviews
A First Peter Rabbit Book 43 copies, 1 review
Meet Hunca Munca 42 copies, 1 review
The Sly Old Cat 35 copies
Meet Tom Kitten 35 copies
Red Riding Hood 32 copies, 1 review
Love from Peter Rabbit 28 copies, 1 review
A Winter's Tale (Peter Rabbit) 26 copies, 1 review
All About Peter 23 copies
Tom Kitten [Shaped Board Book] 23 copies, 1 review
Peter Rabbit Who Lives Here? 12 copies, 2 reviews
Peekaboo, Peter! (Illustrator) 8 copies, 1 review
Peter Rabbit 5 copies
Contos 4 copies
Short Fiction 3 copies
Peter Rabbit Play-A-Sound 3 copies, 1 review
Peter Rabbit's 123 Frieze 2 copies, 1 review
Books by Beatrix Potter 1 copy, 1 review
title 1 copy
Chaton 1 copy
Pasakos 1 copy
Schuitje varen 1 copy, 1 review
Beatrix Potter: A Life in Nature (Illustrator) 596 copies, 14 reviews
The Assassin's Cloak: An Anthology of the World's Greatest Diarists (Contributor, some editions) 527 copies, 8 reviews
In the Nursery (My Book House) (Contributor) 266 copies
Fictitious Dishes (Illustrator, some editions) 104 copies, 9 reviews
Folk and Fairy Tales (Childcraft) (Contributor) 71 copies, 2 reviews
Richard Adams's Favorite Animal Stories (Contributor) 63 copies, 1 review
Round the Christmas Tree (Author) 44 copies, 1 review
The World of Peter Rabbit and Friends [TV series] (Original stories) 44 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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Try not to confuse with Beatrice Potter (1958-1943), probably better known under her married name as Beatrice Webb, a political writer and Fabian Society/Labour Party activist.

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