The picture letters of Beatrix Potter
September 10, 2012 10:43 AM Subscribe
In [a series of notes to Noel Moore, the oft-sickly son of her former governess], Potter punctuates her words with small, sweet illustrations: 'I have come a very long way in a puff-puff …' (next to a train), a straightforward, 'Here are some rabbits throwing snow balls,' and, of course, Peter’s debut in a special dispatch from 1893.
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- Beatrix Potter’s Picture Letters, The Birthplace Of Peter Rabbit
If you happen to be in New York between November 2, 2012 and January 27, 2013, you can see the letters on exhibition at the Morgan Library & Museum
Also in the collection are notes that highlight her struggles with publication, such as this one
in which Potter writes, "She would rather make 2 or 3 little books costing 1/ each, than one big book costing 6/ because she thinks little rabbits cannot afford to spend 6 shillings on one book and would never buy it."
This short biography of Potter
has a little bit more about her fight to get Miss Potter's Tale of Peter Rabbit
published according to her vision, which led to an ill-fated love affair.