Author SpotlightBeatrix Potter (1866-1943)
Helen Beatrix Potter was born into a well-to-do family. Her parents, particularly after the death of her brother, kept her in seclusion from society, and as an escape from her loneliness she spent a great deal of time painting the fauna and flora of her garden and the land around the Lake District where her family summered. She became a conservationist and a mycologist as well as an illustrator and story-teller, and some of her observations on nature have been most helpful to others in the field after her. She is best known, however, for her anthropomorphic animal stories, such as the Tale of Peter Rabbit. She published twenty-three books in her life, and was once engaged to one of her publishers, but the young man died before the wedding could take place. Later she married a lawyer and lived on a farm near the village where she had summered; after her death she left the area to a National Trust.