December 22nd 1943: Beatrix Potter dies

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Beatrix Potter (1866 – 1943)

 

On this day in 1943, the famous English author Beatrix Potter died. She is best known for her children’s books like ‘The Tale of Peter Rabbit’. Potter was born in London in 1866 to a wealthy family. She began her career as an illustrator and in 1901 published The Tale of Peter Rabbit which she wrote and illustrated. Upon her death in Near Sawrey, Cumbria, Potter left almost all her property to the National Trust. She is thus credited with preserving much of the land that is now the Lake District National Park.

 

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Peter Rabbit

 

Beatrix Potter’s stories remain a staple of many children’s lives. I myself remember reading her books at an early age, and I don’t think my childhood would have been the same without Peter Rabbit! Do any of you have any fond memories of reading Potter’s books?

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