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Beatrix Potter by Linda Lear
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Dec 07, 2010

really liked it

A very in-depth biography of the well loved children's book author and illustrator. I had not known that she was an "amateur" mycologist (could have been professional with proper training which was denied her due to her gender in the 1880-90's. Still, she made some discoveries both in species and regarding their reproduction.) Despite a somewhat isolated childhood, the contacts she did have were enlightening and helped her form strong opinions regarding science, art, politics, and conservation. The book is well written, and happily Lear does not make conclusions without informing the reader of the entire sequence of thoughts and evidence that led to that conclusion (biographers who assume to know what their subject thought/felt without letting you know the basis for it really irritate me). My one complaint is that there is a little too much background information; for example, I don't think we need to the know the Pastor's entire life story to understand the impact he had on Beatrix.
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