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POTTER, (Helen) Beatrix (Mrs Heelis) (1866–1943) 

The Oxford Companion to Children's Literature

Daniel Hahn

Author of the ‘Peter Rabbit’ series of books who was born in London, the elder child and only daughter of Rupert Potter and his wife Helen. Life in the childhood home was very quiet, indeed oppressive; in old age Beatrix spoke of the house as ‘my unloved birthplace’. During her early childhood she passed most of her day upstairs in the third-floor nursery, to which her meals were taken on a tray, and where she was supervised by McKenzie, her nurse. Her childhood reading included stories by ... ...

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