The Story to Now Beatrix Potter was born to wealth and privilege in 1866, the only daughter of a
Nonconformist family from the north who renounced their roots in trade for a place
in London society. Number 2 Bolton Gardens, Potters' home in South Kensington, was
managed according to the regimens of Victorian propriety. [more...]
“The Rest of the Story.”... Helen Beatrix Potter, a 39-year-old spinster from London became the unlikely owner
of Hill Top, a seventeenth-century farm on the edge of Near Sawrey in Lancashire,
in the autumn of 1905. With a small legacy from an aunt and the royalties from her
little books, she had bravely purchased the thirty-four-acre working farm.
Beatrix Potter was not the daughter her Victorian mother expected... Reticent rather than shy, she was a sharp observer of society but a reluctant participant
in it. She commented wryly on people in a journal written in a secret code, and
listened intently to conversation, picking up dialect and delighting in the sound
of words, like "lippity, lippity" and "soporific." [more...]
From the back cover of the UK Book Jacket
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