Miss Potter- Richard Maltby, Jr
‘Miss Potter, your book has been very important in my life.
You have been… very important… in my life.’
We all probably know, consiously or unconsiously, the stories of Beatrix Potter. She is especially known for her Tale of Peter Rabbit, but this isn’t all. Jemima Puddle-Duck, Benjamin Bunny and Two Bad Mice are also well known examples. What began as a cartoon character in a little story, became magnificent. Her stories are known all over the world at this moment.
Beatrix Potter was an English author and illustrator of children’s books. She was born in a wealthy family in Londen. In her childhood, she didn’t go to school and didn’t make any contact with other children. Because of this she got in touch with animals and nature. She had numerous small animals as pets which she observed closely and drew endlessly. Her career as a writer and illustrator of children’s stories began with her story of Peter Rabbit. Beatrix Potter is best known for her imaginative children’s books, featuring animals such as those in The Tale of Peter Rabbit.
Richard Maltby, Jr was born in Ripon, Wisconsin in 1937. Maltby is an American theatre director and producer, lyricist and screenwriter.He first wrote Miss Potter as a filmscript, which has been made into a major motion picture. For this film he received a Christopher Award for best screenplay. For the novel he expanded the plot-line of the script, blending historical fact with imaginative interpretation.
The book is about the life of Beatrix Potter. On the advice of a friend, she visits the publisher of the Warne brothers. They want to publish her first book but only because their youngest brother, Norman, was promised a project. Norman and Beatrix work together to make the production of the book as good as possible. They have feelings for each other, which is not appreciated by Beatrix family. Meanwhile the work of Beatrix Potter sells well and she finally feels she has a purpose in her life. She realises there is more in life besides writing books.
I like this book, not so much the writing skills but the fact the book touched me. Miss Potter can almost be read by everyone. The book is written simply, so it was easy to understand. In this book, I could imagine myself in her position.
Even if you haven’t read her books or don’t know the characters, it remains a good book to read. Perhaps this is a reason to start reading a book of her after all these years.