Books: Small but Authentic Genius

THE TALE OF BEATRIX POTTER (162 pp.) —Margaret Lone—Frederick Warne & Co. ($3.50).

In the winter of 1943, aged 77, died Mrs. William Heelis of Sawrey, president-elect of the Herdwick Sheepbreeders' Association and one of the shrewdest farmers in England's Lake District. Many of the shepherds who followed her to the graveside knew that long, long ago her name had been Beatrix Potter, and that she had come among them from London, where she had written books for children. But they also recalled that anyone who had dared to speak the name of Potter—to...

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