Beatrix Potter : A Life in Nature

Beatrix Potter : A Life in Nature

by Linda J. Lear
     
 

Peter Rabbit, Mr. McGregor, and many other Beatrix Potter characters remain in the hearts of millions. However, though Potter is a household name around the world, few know the woman behind the illustrations. Her personal life, including a romantic relationship with her publisher, Norman Warne, and her significant achievements outside of children's…  See more details below

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Peter Rabbit, Mr. McGregor, and many other Beatrix Potter characters remain in the hearts of millions. However, though Potter is a household name around the world, few know the woman behind the illustrations. Her personal life, including a romantic relationship with her publisher, Norman Warne, and her significant achievements outside of children's literature remain largely unknown. In Linda Lear’s enchanting new biography, we get the life story of this incredible, funny, and independent woman. As one of the first female naturalists in the world, Potter brought the beauty and importance of nature back into the imagination at a time when plunder was more popular than preservation. Through her art she sought to encourage conservation and change the world. With never before seen illustrations and intimate detail, Lear goes beyond our perrenial fascination with Potter as a writer and illustrator of children's books, and delves deeply into the life of a most unusual and gifted woman--one whose art was timeless, and whose generosity left an indelible imprint on the countryside.

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Editorial Reviews

For most of us, Beatrix Potter (1866-1943) is a name that conjures up anthropomorphic rabbits and puddle-ducks. Linda Lear's Beatrix Potter: A Life in Nature adds depth and color to the image. The first truly comprehensive biography of "Peter Rabbit's mother" places the famed author/illustrator within the context of her times. Potter once wrote, "I do not remember a time when I did not try to invent pictures and make for myself a fairyland amongst the wild flowers, the animals, fungi, mosses, woods and streams, all the thousands objects of the countryside." Lear shows how Potter's love of nature was woven inextricably to her artistry. A pastel treasure.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780713995602
Publisher:
Gardners Books
Publication date:
12/19/2006

Meet the Author

LINDA LEAR, a professor of environmental history and author of the prize-winning biography Rachel Carson: Witness for Nature, is an enthusiastic horticulturalist and collector of botanical art. She lives in Bethesda, Maryland.

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