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Over the Hills and Far Away: The Life of Beatrix Potter

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Beatrix Potter is one of the world's bestselling, most cherished authors, whose books have enchanted generations of children for over a hundred years. Yet how she achieved this legendary status is just one of several stories of her remarkable and unexpected life.
Inspired by the twenty-three "tales," Matthew Dennison takes a selection of quotations from Potter's stories and uses them to explore her multi-faceted life and character: repressed Victorian daughter; thwarted lover; artistic genius; formidable countrywoman. They chart her transformation from a young girl with a love of animals and fairy tales into a bestselling author and canny businesswoman, so deeply unusual for the Victorian era in which she grew up. Embellished with photographs of Potter's life and her own illustrations, this biography will delight anyone who has been touched by Beatrix Potter's work. For the fans of her children’s literature who want to know the real-life animals behind Mrs. Tiggy Winkle, Jemima Puddle duck, and of course, Peter Rabbit.

From Publishers Weekly

Jan 16, 2017 – In his modest retelling of the life of famed children's book author Beatrix Potter, Dennison (Behind the Mask) begins with her friendless childhood, in which her menagerie of pets became her companions (and in some cases, the basis for her characters); her fraught relationship with her parents; and her talent for drawing and keen interest in flora and fauna of all sorts. Dennison continues on with the famous letter that first told of the naughty bunny caught in Mr. McGregor's garden; Potter's bid for independence from her parents as she became a noted author, including a tragic courtship with her publisher, Norman Warne, who died before they could be married; and her turn to farming in her later years. Dennison makes strong connections between Potter's life and themes in classic titles such as The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck, The Tale of Johnny Town-Mouse, and The Tale of the Flopsy Bunnies. (For example: parents are not of the highest caliber in her tales.) As an introduction to the life of Beatrix Potter, Dennison's telling is more than adequate, but fans familiar with this territory may wish to seek out a more in-depth study. 20 color and b&w illus.
Over the Hills and Far Away: The Life of Beatrix Potter
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  • $9.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Biographies & Memoirs
  • Published: Apr 04, 2017
  • Publisher: Pegasus Books
  • Seller: W.W. Norton & Company, Inc.
  • Print Length: 280 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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