Susan Branch’s review of Beatrix Potter: The Extraordinary Life of a Victorian Genius
May Reading Part I - 2019
Beatrix Potter: The Extraordinary Life of a Victorian Genius 
Beatrix Potter's books are adored by millions, but they were just one aspect of an extraordinary life. This captivating biography brings us the.
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Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book. Linda Lear offers the astonishing portrait of an extraordinary woman who gave us some of the most beloved children's books of all time. Potter found freedom from her conventional Victorian upbringing in the countryside. Nature inspired her imagination as an artist and scientific illustrator, but 'The Tale of Peter Rabbit' brought her fame, financial success, and the promise of happiness when she fell in love with her editor, Norman Warne. As a visionary landowner, successful farmer, and sheep breeder, she was able to preserve the landscape that had inspired her art. The book includes an epilogue titled "Stewardship: The Lake District. That is certainly part of the content but I had no idea until I read this that Potter was involved in so many areas: not only a children's author and illustrator, she also produced ground-breaking research in the field of mycology fungi which was only properly appreciated many years later, she was a well-respected, self-taught expert on Lake District sheep and she also was instrumental in setting up the National Trust and was one of their early and vital donors.