Helen Beatrix Potter was born in 1866, in South Kensington, London. Her father was a wealthy investor. Potter lived a secure childhood at home, with her youger brother Bertram. She was taught by governesses, and learned reading by Sir Walter Scott's novels. At age fifteen, she began a diary, and invented a code to write in it. This she continued till the age of thirty. It was decoded by the engineer Leslie Linde, and after seven years of deciphering, it was published.
In the 1890's, "The Tale of Peter Rabbit," and some other short animal stories, originally written to amuse the sickly child of one of her governesses, after first being rejected, were published. They brought her ... more »
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''I think if she lived inBeatrix Potter (1866-1943), British writer. The Old Woman (l. 5-8). . . Golden Journey, The; Poems for Young People. Louise Bogan and William Jay ...
A little shoe-house
That little old woman was
Surely a mouse!''
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