4/30/07

Beatrix Potter 's Career


Beatrix Potter’s career


After Frederick’s death, Beatrix went to the English countryside and incorporated her love for animals in the Lake District. It fact, we can thank Beatrix Potter for much of the preservation of the Lake district today. She became a landowner, as well as farmer, and started her thirteen children’s books on Hill Top Farm in the Lake District. Many of these books were actually set in Hill Top, since after all it was their home. However, Peter Rabbit came before the purchase of Hill Top Farm... In any event, The Tale of Peter Rabbit facilitated her purchase of Hill Top Farm. She built a career, farming, writing, and raising sheep, and was one of the benefactors of the National Trust in the English countryside...
Jemima Puddle duck, Tom Kitten, and Pigling Bland, all came to life on Hill Top Farm, and brought a striking light to the English Countryside.

As a matter of fact, Beatrix‘s name became well known for her reliable characters, and moving themes, but also for her contribution to the lake District. Her name there is practically synopsis with the Lake District, along with the names of her beloved characters.
Perhaps the crowning achievement of Beatrix’s career, however, was not children’s books at all, but that of her contributions to the National Trust. It was through Beatrix’s friendship with the founder Canon Rawnsley, who gave Beatrix the encouragement to write Peter Rabbit, which she set out to purchase land to present to the National Trust.

For this was her shining moment to most the English and enjoyed the world over by many tourists, as one of the most beloved spots of the west English landscape.

It is a comforting thought, to think of lying anywhere in the Lake District, reading Peter Rabbit, no matter what your age.




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