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Beatrix Potter gained fame as a writer of little books for children, about animals which to some degree resemble humans, illustrated in watercolour by herself. Some of them draw on fable, riddles, and fairy stories. She also created scientific drawings of plant life. Her ambitions as an author for adults remained largely unfulfilled.
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28 July 1866 BP was born at a large house in Bolton Gardens, London; after it was destroyed by bombs during the Second World War she called her birthplace "unloved". Bibliographic Citation link.
16 December 1901 In the same year that BP sent her final picture letter to one of the Moore children, she published the first of those letters in a private edition, calling it The Tale of Peter Rabbit. Bibliographic Citation link.
December 1902 BP's first and most famous book, The Tale of Peter Rabbit, already privately printed, had its first regular edition from the publishing firm of Frederick Warne. Bibliographic Citation link.
22 December 1943 BP died, leaving the National Trust Hill Top Farm and 5,000 acres of farmland which became the basis of the Trust's Lake District holdings. Bibliographic Citation link.
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