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Beatrix Potter

(1866 - 1943)

Beatrix Potter, born in London, was an English writer, illustrator, natural scientist, and conservationist, best known for her children’s books featuring animals. Her most famous character, Peter Rabbit, debuted in "The Tale of Peter Rabbit" in 1902, and went on to become an icon of children's literature.

Potter's passion for the natural world was evident from a young age. She was educated at home by governesses and grew up isolated from other children, which led her to deeply study art and nature. Her scientific interests and illustrations of fungi led her to produce a paper on the topic, but she was rebuffed by the scientific community due to her gender.

Despite this, Potter’s artistic skills flourished, and she used her knowledge of animals and nature to create realistic illustrations for her stories. Her writing career began after she self-published "The Tale of Peter Rabbit," which was an immediate success, prompting Frederick Warne & Co. to publish it.

Potter wrote 23 books in the "Peter Rabbit" series and used the proceeds to purchase a farm in the Lake District. As she grew older, she became increasingly passionate about land conservation and farming. Upon her death on December 22, 1943, she left much of her property to the National Trust, helping to preserve large parts of the Lake District National Park.

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