I Have Been Told

A column by Anne M. Dunn
Beatrix Potter

I recently rode the Jefferson Lines bus to Pine River, MN, to visit friends and spend a few days with Mary De Young who is a great admirer of Beatrix Potter.

As I packed for the journey, several items found their way into my heavy backpack. A small jar of home processed maple syrup, a bag of local wild rice, a can of (French) goose liver paté and a DVD entitled “Miss Potter”. Reneé Zellweger shines in the leading role. I also took “The Sting” and “Mr. Holmes”, for our evening entertainment.

I had seen “Miss Potter” before and loved the deeply moving and romantic waltz… “When You Taught Me How to Dance”. Find it on Youtube and you will appreciate it, too.

Beatrix Potter was a genius, an English author, illustrator, natural scientist and conservationist best known for her children’s books featuring animals such as those in “The Tale of Peter Rabbit”.

She was born (July 28, 1866) into a privileged household, educated by governesses and grew up isolated from other children. Her father, Rupert, had invested in the stock market and by the early 1890s was extremely wealthy. Beatrix had numerous pets and spent holidays in Scotland and the Lake District, developing a love of rural and natural landscape.

Her artistic and literary interests were deeply influenced by fairies, fairy tales and fantasy. She studied book illustration from an early age and developed her own tastes. The work of Walter Crane, Kate Greenaway and Randolph Caldecott was a great influence.The content you are trying to access is only available to members. Sorry.

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