The Tale of Beatrix Potter


The stories of Beatrix Potter have delighted generations of children. Peter Rabbit, Squirrel Nutkin and the Tailor of Gloucester are just three of the magical creations from her pen. But what sort of woman was she? How did she become successful and famous? How did she respond to her wealth and fame? Beatrix Potter came from the most comfortable and conformist of Victorian families. Her determination to break out of her mould caused her to be something of a rebel, and she provides a fascinating insight on the place of women in her time. Even more interesting is how she responded to success, particularly how she used her fortune. The story of Peter Rabbit is a very small part of her appeal for us as we meet a formidable woman, who happened to be a popular children’s author too!