The Tale of Peter Rabbit


Despite Britain having become a predominately urban society, animals figured prominently in children’s literature by the Edwardian era. Drawn by an accomplished amateur naturalist Beatrix Potter, The Tale of Peter Rabbit encapsulates the central role of animals in children’s literature by the end of the 19th century. Although clearly anthropomorphic and suggesting a link between the animal world and the innocence of childhood, Potter’s work eschewed the extreme sentimentality of many of the animal stories produced for children at this time.  Instead, she deftly brought to the page closely-observed details of animals’ lives.

Full title:
The tale of Peter Rabbit / by Beatrix Potter.
1902, London
Book / Children's book
Beatrix Potter
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Public Domain
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British Library

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