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Beatrix Potter (Paperback)

Her Inner World

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By Andrew Norman
Imprint: Pen & Sword Social History
Pages: 224
Illustrations: 32 black and white illustrations
ISBN: 9781526774965
Published: 13th October 2020


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150th anniversary

2016 marks 150 years since the birth of children's author Beatrix Potter, on 28 July 1866

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Even before she emerged from the cot in her nursery, Beatrix Potter was up against it. With her prodigious memory she recalled being placed 'under the tyranny of a cross old nurse' who introduced her to 'witches, fairies and the creed of the terrible John Calvin'. More sadness followed. She had no siblings of her own age and was brought up, virtually, in isolation. She also had a love affair that ended tragically. She was afflicted by two most unpleasant illnesses – one of which affected her for the remainder of her life – and she found herself often at odds with her mother. Yet, she grew up to become one of the most original of children's authors and illustrators whose books are as popular today as they were when they were first published, almost a century ago.

How did her sheltered upbringing, her tense relationship with her parents and, critically, her chronic and debilitating illnesses, determine the development of her personality and her evolution as a writer? Andrew Norman, in this concise and insightful biography, seeks to answer these questions and to uncover the source of the inspiration that gave birth to a series of remarkable children's books, including the most famous of all The Tale of Peter Rabbit.

Andrew Norman quotes extensively from Beatrix Potter's fluent and revealing letters, and traces the strong influences exerted by her family and by her love of animals and the countryside. As he describes her reaction to her childhood illness, he shows how she escaped from the pain and sorrow of the world by creating for herself another world – one to which only she had access.

As featured in the Western Daily Press, Cumberland News, Workington Times & Star, News & Star (Carlisle) and Farnham Herald.

Excellent reading material. A very enjoyable book

Amazon Reviewer

Andrew Norman's scholarly work would sit well in the biographical or reference section of a library and may well also appeal to those who already know something about Beatrix Potter's life but who do not wish to study the previous full biographies.

The Beatrix Potter Society

An in-depth study of her life which, with the help of personal correspondence, delves deeply into the inner world of a remarkable woman who gave us Peter Rabbit and friends.

This England

The book uncovers the source of inspiration that gave birth to a series of much-loved children's books, including the most famous of all - The Tale of Peter Rabbit - and also gives interesting insight into the life and mind of one of literature's greatest writers.

Discover Your History

Of particular note are the chapters on Potter's correspondence and friendship with Sir John Everett Millais as a child and her dalliance with mycology (the study of fungi).

Norwich Evening News

As well as the many meticulously researched extracts from Potter's lively letters, Norman provides extensive family trees helping to piece together who's who in Potter's world.

Eastern Daily Press

This concise biography of the children's author and illustrator contains a vivid account of her isolated upbringing and traces her development and inspirations as a writer.

 Andrew Norman

About Andrew Norman

Andrew Norman was born in Newbury, Berkshire, UK in 1943. He was educated in Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), Midsomer Norton Grammar School, Somerset, UK, and St Edmund Hall, Oxford.
Andrew worked as a general practitioner in Poole, Dorset, before a spinal injury cut short his medical career. He is now an established writer with biographies of Charles Darwin, Winston Churchill, Thomas Hardy, T. E. Lawrence, Adolf Hitler, Agatha Christie, Enid Blyton, Beatrix Potter, Marilyn Monroe, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to his name.

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The Real Beatrix Potter is a fascinating and revealing biography of one of the world's most cherished children's authors. Beatrix Potter's famous little white books have enchanted generations of young readers who adored the characters she created and of course her own distinctive illustrations. Born into a typically repressed Victorian family it was assumed that Beatrix would achieve little more than finding herself a rich husband, and so there was no point in bothering to educate her. But the Potters underestimated their daughter. Stifled by the lack of stimulation, she educated herself in art,…

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