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Letters Beatrix Potter achieved considerable prominence as a children's book author in her own lifetime but she always shunned publicity However she was a prolific letter writer Judy Taylor author of the biography Beatrix Potter Artist Storyteller and Countrywoman here presents a collection that reveals the observant energetic affectionate and humorous personality that Potter kept hidden from the public There are picture letters written to entertain child friends juxtaposed with serious accounts of botanical research The publishing process of her children's books is discussed in the correspondence with her editor Norman Warne to whom she eventually became engaged Her life from 1866 to 1943 covers a period of immense social change Judy Taylor's selection of letters linked by annotations gives an overview of the development of the early 20th century as well as the life story of a remarkable woman

7 thoughts on “Letters

  1. April April says:

    Brilliance To see Potter’s affinity with nature and talents in both children’s writing and illustration is a real treat – and these shine within this book tremendously Her illustrations are precious and her letters both sweet and humble making Beatrix Potter’s Letters a delight to read It’s charming to ‘journey’ the construction of stories such as ‘The Tale of Peter Rabbit’ and ‘The Tale of Mrs Tiggy winkle’ the likes of which have become the incredible classics we all know and love today Uplifting and gentle Beatrix Potter’s Letters is a lovely collection which gives both loveable snapshots into her life and a neatly defined timeline of the creation of true modern day gems Also aside from taking away a smile I now possess a slightly eager curiosity pertaining to fungi too

  2. Kate Kate says:

    Beatrix Potter author of one of the most famous children's books ever achieved considerable prominence in her own lifetime but hating publicity she was consistently reticent about her life and work and self deprecating about her talent However she was a prolific letter writer and through her own words to friends working colleagues and children we can discover the observant energetic affectionate and humorous personality she kept hidden from her publicFrom a collection of over 1400 letter Judy Taylor has assembled a representative selection which documents every stage of Beatrix Potter's life The early period in the 1890s when Beatrix was a young woman living at home with her parents presents an extraordinary juxtaposition of the enchanting and funny picture letters sent to entertain child friends with highly technical letters on the subject of fungi a subject on which she was doing serious independent research Her mastery of both entertainment and techniue came together in her children's books however and it was from these that she made her career The publishing process of the early books is revealed in the almost daily correspondence with her editor Norman Warne to whom she eventually became engaged to be married Norman Warne's tragic death shortly after their engagement precipitated her move from London to the congenial surroundings of the Lake District She became in her own phrase 'a woman farmer' and we have her joyful descriptions to friends of her new life as well as freuent acerbic communications with the local bureaucracy as she battled to preserve the countryside she lovedHer life from 1966 to 1943 covers a period of immense social change The restricted existence of a dutiful Victorian daughter the background against which she first wrote the story of Peter Rabbit was indeed 'another world' from that of war time England where she continued to pioneer countryside conservation until her death Judy Taylor's selection of letters linked by her informative annotations gives us a fascinating view of the development of the early twentieth century as well as the life story of a truly remarkable womanfront flapI don't usually read letters but several of my fellow book lovers decided we would read this book as a group Much to my surprise I really enjoyed it Having read the Beatrix Potter mysteries and seen the movie Miss Potter I was familiar with her early life and her love for the Lake District It was a bit frustrating that very little mention of her developing romance with Norman Warne was included perhaps she didn't commit anything to letters That precedent was repeated with her husband Mr Heelis he springs up from nowhere if you have only the letters to go byIt was interesting to get a glimpse of WWII from her point of view the Lake District wasn't much affected by the Blitz but rationing and other government departments became the bane of the farmers' lives Her decline in her last years was chronicled in her letters very bittersweet indeedThis selection of her letters does give you a small window into her life and how it evolved from dutiful Victorian daughter to independent woman farmer and landowner and it was an enjoyable journey indeed

  3. Angie Angie says:

    This book made me feel nostalgic and made me want to spend time sketchingI loved the letters in the beginning that showed her interest in fungi I was hoping for of that so I guess I'll continue to look for the right book The process of writing a book seemed very tedious but on worth it

  4. Jeanne Jeanne says:

    The story of Beatrix Potter the business woman farmer environmentalist woman of independent means is a fascinating one Yes she wrote the wonderful story about the little bunny and uite a few wonderful stories She also grew up in a stifling Victorian home in which she was allowed only one choice in life the person whom she would marry Well almost She turned down the suitable choices presented to her and instead chose to marry her publisher He was considered unsuitable by her parents because he was in trade and below her station in society Beatrix' letters document all of the goings on her business dealings in the publishing world her marriage the difficulties with her mother and her later life as a conservationist in the Lake District of England Potter was a woman who knew what she wanted used the magnificent talent that she possessed and made the most of her life in spite of trying circumstances

  5. Nancy Nancy says:

    As we plan our trip to Hill Top next Spring I just wanted to get a real dose of all things Beatrix Very interesting

  6. Lili Lili says:

    Beatrix Potter was a magnificent children's story teller and the books passed down through generations are still loved today It was very revealing of her life reading her letters

  7. Inactive Inactive says:

    Incredibly interesting Read 34 of the book and skimmed the rest Wonderful woman

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