Standard Name: Potter, Beatrix
Birth Name: Helen Beatrix Potter
Married Name: Helen Beatrix Heelis
BP 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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Rosemary's mother was probably her most important teacher. She told her stories which, no matter how outlandish and fantastic, the very young Rosemary accepted as literal truth; she later imparted all kinds of varied information...
An important book in Peggy's early childhood was Tom Kitten by Beatrix Potter . The delicate little home pictures of that delicious masterpiece spoke to her as potential artist.
Later favourites included Harriet Beecher Stowe
Evans, Margiad. A Ray of Darkness. Arthur Barker, 1952.
As a very small child MF was noisy and demanding and given to tantrums.
At two she talked in long sentences . . . and never stopped asking questions and wanting to try to...
Forster, Margaret. Hidden Lives. Viking, 1995.
When she was little Jean Mary Pearson's father (later unapproachable) would read Hans Andersen to her, which she loved. She was considered by her family not to be intelligent, but she taught herself to read...
From her early reading DM chose Richmal Crompton 's William Brown as her hero. She loved the way that Crompton and Beatrix Potter used words that would be new discoveries to most of their child readers.
Moggach, Deborah. “Autobiography”. Deborah Moggach: About Deborah.
Sanderson, Caroline. “Deborah Moggach interview”. Mslexia, No. 55, pp. 51 - 3.
|Family and Intimate relationships||Ann Bridge||
Marie Louise (Day) Sanders , AB 's mother, was an American from New Orleans, Louisiana (where her English husband met her on a business trip). She died in 1922
Brought up by her black Mammy...
“Contemporary Authors”. Gale Databases: Literature Resource Centre-LRC.
Hoehn, Matthew, editor. Catholic Authors. St Mary’s Abbey, 1952.
Matthew, Henry Colin Gray, Brian Harrison, and Lawrence Goldman, editors. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.
|Friends, Associates||Angela Thirkell||
Twelve-year-old Angela Mackail (later AT ) received a picture-letter from Beatrix Potter (a neighbour and a very recently published author) featuring a rabbit and two squirrels.
Strickland, Margot. Angela Thirkell: Portrait of a Lady Novelist. Duckworth, 1977.
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|Intertextuality and Influence||Louisa May Alcott||
Following her death, G. K. Chesterton in a laudatory (if sexist) review classed LMA with Austen as an early realist, and praised her apt depictions of human truths.
She was a favourite writer...
Chesterton, G. K. “Louisa Alcott”. Critical Essays on Louisa May Alcott, edited by Madeleine B. Stern, G. K. Hall, 1984, pp. 212 - 14.
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In The Palace on the Floor a little boy, Prince Picotee, builds a castle for his toy soldiers; his earnestness as a builder is laughed at by a little girl, Dimples. Dimples is disciplined for...
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