Beatrix Potter

Beatrix Potter

About Beatrix Potter

Beatrix Potter, or Helen Beatriz Potter (London, July 28, 1866-Sawrey, Lancashire, December 22, 1943) was a British poet, writer, illustrator, fabulist of children's literature and naturalist. Her most famous character is Peter Rabbit. In the literary sphere, she had great difficulties. When she was encouraged to publish her story, The Tale of Peter Rabbit, she struggled for a long time to find a publisher until it was finally accepted in 1902. The book and the works that followed it were very well received, and she began to get her own income from her sales. Beatrix became romantically linked to her publisher, Norman Warne, a relationship she kept secret, as her parents were against her marrying anyone who needed to work for a living. Warne died of leukemia before they could get engaged, widening the gap between Beatrix and her parents.
Throughout her literary career, she ended up writing 23 books. Which were published in a small format, easy to handle and read by children. But she stopped writing around 1920 because of her poor eyesight, although her last work, The Tale of Little Pig Robinson, was published in 1930. Dedicating her last years to a sheep farm she had bought in the Lake District (England); she liked the scenery and with the secure royalties from her books, along with her parents inheritance, she acquired large plots of land, which were later inherited by the National Trust.
In 1913, Beatrix Potter married her lawyer, William Heelis, with whom she had no children. She died in Sawrey (Lancashire) on December 22, 1943 at the age of 77.

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