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Beatrix Potter
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    (July 28, 1866-December 22, 1943)
    Birth name is Helene Beatrix Potter
    Wrote 'The Tale of Peter Rabbit,' 'The Two Bad Mice' and many other children's books
    Created the characters Peter Rabbit, Tom Kitten, Benjamin Bunny, Miss Moppet, Mrs. Tiggy Winkle and Jemima Puddleduck
    She lived with her parents well into her adult life.
    She did not marry until she was 47.
    She had no formal education; instead, she was educated by a governess.
    She kept a journal using her own secret alphabet until she was 30.
    She dissected animals.
    She studied fungi.
    She was shy.
    Peter Rabbit was turned down by six publishers.
    Her characters are almost exclusively animals who have a first name and the type of animal as a second name.
    She drew animals with personified qualities.
    She had a ridiculous amount of pets.
    It was easier for her to relate to children and animals than adults.
    She loved animals all her life.
    She originally wrote Peter Rabbit as a get well note to a friend.
    She took up painting even though it was considered 'unfeminine' at the time.
    She became an accomplished illustrator despite having little formal training.
    In addition to writing and illustrating her books, she painted landscapes of England's Lake District and scientific illustrations of local plant life.
    She bought a farm in the Lake District and became a sheep farmer.
    She was active in historic preservation.
    Her books and illustrations are widely loved and read.

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