Annotated Bibliography – Eminent 2019

Works Cited

Delaney, Frank. The Tale of Beatrix Potter. 26 May 2016. Website. 30 November 2019. <https://academichelp.net/samples/academics/essays/expository/the-tale-of-beatrix-potter.html>.

 

Giaimo, Cara. Beatrix Potter’s Greatest Work Was a Secret, Coded Journal She Kept as a Teen. 16 June 2017. Website. 28 November 2019. <https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/beatrix-potter-secret-journal-code-leslie-linder>.

In this webpage, Cara Giaimo reports on Beatrix Potter’s rarely recognized masterwork of a journal which she kept for over fifteen years. First discovered in 1952, Giaimo explains the 13-year-long process undertaken by dedicated fan Leslie Linder to decode and publish the work. It is this that transformed Potter from “brilliant children’s book author” to “writer for the ages.” Moreover, there are several excerpts of the decrypted journal entries as well as relevant quotes from Beatrix Potter herself in this site, making it a valuable resource.

 

Hepburn, Evelyn. The Writing Style of Beatrix Potter. n.d. Website. 30 November 2019. <https://www.creativewritingsoftware101.com/articles/writing-style-of-beatrix-potter.php>.

 

Kosik, Corryn. Beatrix Potter. March 2018. Website. 30 November 2019. <https://www.illustrationhistory.org/artists/beatrix-potter>.

 

Lear, Linda. Beatrix Potter: A Life in Nature. 2007. Website. 30 November 2019. <http://www.bpotter.com/Biography.aspx>.

 

McDowell, Marta. Beatrix Potter’s Letters to Children: The Path to Her Books. 13 January 2018. Website. 28 November 2019. <https://www.literaryladiesguide.com/literary-musings/letters-to-children-from-beatrix-potter-a-path-to-her-books/>.

Marta McDowell, a teacher of landscape history and horticulture, touches on the duality of Beatrix Potter’s two conflicting interests and gives insight on the event responsible for setting the direction of Potter’s career. McDowell explains how Potter combined her avid love for nature and her passion for art with her adventurous, innovative mindset to revolutionize children’s fiction. This concise resource covers Beatrix Potter’s early life and the catalyst for her career, providing the reader with a deep understanding of the esteemed author’s background.

 

Popova, Maria. Beatrix Potter, Mycologist: The Beloved Children’s Book Author’s Little-Known Scientific Studies and Illustrations of Mushrooms. n.d. Website. 28 November 2019. <https://www.brainpickings.org/2015/07/28/beatrix-potter-a-life-in-nature-botany-mycology-fungi/>.

This resource, written by Maria Popova, brings light to Beatrix Potter’s underappreciated contribution to mycology. In her time, Potter fought for women to be recognized for their discoveries and scientific work, studied spores, and made naturalistic watercolour paintings of various fungi. Popova also includes numerous labelled pictures of these illustrations among the text, making it an excellent source to view and reference Potter’s works.

 

Rackow, Marcia. “Wonder and Matter-of-Fact” Meet—The Imagination of Beatrix Potter. n.d. Website. 28 November 2019. <https://aestheticrealism.net/news-archive/art-and-life/wonder-and-matter-of-fact-meet-the-imagination-of-beatrix-potter/>.

Written by Marcia Rackow, an artist, teacher, and consultant of a non-profit educational foundation, this site relates the synthesis of reality and wonder in Beatrix Potter’s publications to her success as a children’s fiction author. Rackow explains that this success originates from Potter’s talent of showing the world in a new light, rather than creating an entirely new realm. Alongside this, Rackow provides a deep analysis of Potter’s most famous work, The Tale of Peter Rabbit, which is beneficial to anyone interested in the hidden significance in Potter’s books.

 

Rosa, Gabriella de la. Between naturalism and fantasy: the art of Beatrix Potter. n.d. Website. 28 November 2019. <https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/features/between-naturalism-and-fantasy-the-art-of-beatrix-potter>.

Published on the website of the National Trust, this credible resource by Gabriella de la Rosa delves deeply into Beatrix Potter’s artwork. Rosa believes that Potter’s observations and close studies of nature set her apart from other illustrators of her time. This balance of fantasy and reality is what makes her stories stand the test of time. Most importantly, this site features numerous of Potter’s illustrations, which are briefly explained through captions, providing details of their sources, medium, and time of creation.

 

Straw, Deborah. Beatrix Potter, More Than Just Bunnies: The Legacy of Beatrix Potter. 20 February 2018. Website. 31 November 2019. <https://www.literarytraveler.com/articles/beatrix-potter-lake-district/>.

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