Beatrix Potter 1846-1943


Colleen quoted William Shakespeare today on Writer’s Quote Wednesday. ” The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.” The focus of her post is, “What are you looking for from your writing?”

This week I read a quote by Beatrix Potter, 1846 – 1943, a noted English artist and author of children’s picture books. She is often referred to as a genius.

bookmarkBelieve there is a great power silently working all things for good.., might reveal the family’s spiritual belief; they were Unitarian. Beatrix and her family were friends “with the Rev. William Gaskell, Minister of Cross Street Chapel (Unitarian) Manchester.” The family spent happy days at Gaskell’s home.

This morning I had  an email about Ramona Wray’s post. She offered an opinion of criticism that writer Ryan Boudinot received because of  his article, Things I Can Say About MFA Writing Programs Now That I No Longer Teach in One. Ramona’s synopsis of the points Ryan made about who is “born to write” and who isn’t would be a standard for those who suppose they are writers. As Ramona said, “Truth is painful to hear and accept, but writers should be proof against disappointment, rejection and the occasional blow to one’s pride, because the road we chose to walk is paved with all of the above.”

As Colleen recounted, she recently asked and answered herself what she wanted out of writing. We all owe it to ourselves to not only ask what we want, but more importantly, we should ask are we equipped to give our readers what they want.

Publication  The 23 Tales

  1. The Tale of Peter Rabbit (1902)
  2. The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin (1903)
  3. The Tailor of Gloucester (1903)
  4. The Tale of Benjamin Bunny (1904)
  5. The Tale of Two Bad Mice (1904)
  6. The Tale of Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle (1905)
  7. The Tale of the Pie and the Patty-Pan (1905)
  8. The Tale of Mr. Jeremy Fisher (1906)
  9. The Story of A Fierce Bad Rabbit (1906)
  10. The Story of Miss Moppet (1906)
  11. The Tale of Tom Kitten (1907)
  12. The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck (1908)
  13. The Tale of Samuel Whiskers or, The Roly-Poly Pudding (1908)
  14. The Tale of the Flopsy Bunnies (1909)
  15. The Tale of Ginger and Pickles (1909)
  16. The Tale of Mrs. Tittlemouse (1910)
  17. The Tale of Timmy Tiptoes (1911)
  18. The Tale of Mr. Tod (1912)
  19. The Tale of Pigling Bland (1913)
  20. Appley Dapply’s Nursery Rhymes (1917)
  21. The Tale of Johnny Town-Mouse (1918)
  22. Cecily Parsley’s Nursery Rhymes (1922)
  23. The Tale of Little Pig Robinson (1930)

Other books

  1. Peter Rabbit’s Painting Book (1911)
  2. Tom Kitten’s Painting Book (1917)
  3. Jemima Puddle-Duck’s Painting Book (1925)
  4. Peter Rabbit’s Almanac for 1929 (1928)
  5. The Fairy Caravan (1929)
  6. Sister Anne (illustrated by Katharine Sturges) (1932)
  7. Wag-by-Wall (decorations by J. J. Lankes) (1944)
  8. The Tale of the Faithful Dove (illustrated by Marie Angel) (1955, 1970)
  9. The Sly Old Cat (written 1906; first published 1971)
  10. The Tale of Tuppenny (illustrated by Marie Angel) (1973

9 thoughts on “Beatrix Potter 1846-1943

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  2. What a beautiful post, Meredith. I’m honoured by you mentioning me – thank you ❤ I do hope you enjoyed the post. It's such a great feeling when the people whose opinions I follow find some of mine interesting 😉

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  3. Meredith, thank you for such a thoughtful post. I agree with your last sentence, “We should ask are we equipped to give our readers what they want?” I decided long ago that when the inspiration came to me for my book, I would write it. It had to be creative, not something that would just ‘sell.’ There is no get rich quick scheme in writing… or anywhere else in the reality of life. I too, “Believe there is a great power silently working all things for good.” ❤

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