Beatrix Potter: A Life in Nature

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St. Martin's Press, Mar 4, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 608 pages
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Peter Rabbit, Mr. McGregor, and many other Beatrix Potter characters remain in the hearts of millions. However, though Potter is a household name around the world, few know the woman behind the illustrations. Her personal life, including a romantic relationship with her publisher, Norman Warne, and her significant achievements outside of children's literature remain largely unknown. In Linda Lear's enchanting new biography, we get the life story of this incredible, funny, and independent woman. As one of the first female naturalists in the world, Potter brought the beauty and importance of nature back into the imagination at a time when plunder was more popular than preservation. Through her art she sought to encourage conservation and change the world. With never before seen illustrations and intimate detail, Lear goes beyond our perrenial fascination with Potter as a writer and illustrator of children's books, and delves deeply into the life of a most unusual and gifted woman--one whose art was timeless, and whose generosity left an indelible imprint on the countryside.

 

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BEATRIX POTTER: A Life in Nature

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A stolid biography by environmental historian Lear (Rachel Carson: Witness for Nature, 1997) that gets at the facts of Victorian Potter's life but does not bother addressing motivations and thwarted ... Read full review

Beatrix Potter, a life in nature

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Beatrix Potter (1866-1943), author/illustrator of more than 20 "little books" for children, is known for her collection ofPeter Rabbit tales. In this remarkable biography, Lear (Rachel Carson: Witness ... Read full review

Contents

A Life in Nature Prologue Ownership
3
A Life in Nature 1 Roots
9
A Life in Nature 2 Exposures
25
A Life in Nature 3 Transitions
49
A Life in Nature 4 Experiments
76
A Life in Nature 5 Discoveries
104
A Life in Nature 6 Fantasies
130
A Life in Nature 7 Ideas
156
A Life in Nature 14 Salvages
284
A Life in Nature 15 Opportunities
298
A Life in Nature 16 Legacies
318
A Life in Nature 17 Americans
337
A Life in Nature 18 Ventures
357
A Life in Nature 19 Passages
381
A Life in Nature 20 Challenges
405
A Life in Nature 21 Reflections
427

A Life in Nature 8 Realities
170
A Life in Nature 9 Losses
193
A Life in Nature 10 Stories
207
A Life in Nature 11 Diversions
227
A Life in Nature 12 Satisfactions
249
A Life in Nature 13 Partnerships
263
A Life in Nature Epilogue Stewardship
441
A Life in Nature Notes
448
A Life in Nature Select Bibliography
541
A Life in Nature Index
555
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About the author (2008)

LINDA LEAR, a professor of environmental history and author of the prize-winning biography Rachel Carson: Witness for Nature, is an enthusiastic horticulturalist and collector of botanical art. She lives in Bethesda, Maryland.

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