Magazine April 3, 2017, Issue

The ‘Dual Life’ of Beatrix Potter

Beatrix Potter (Popperfoto/Getty Images)
‘Over the Hills and Far Away’: The Life of Beatrix Potter, by Matthew Dennison (Head of Zeus, 304 pp., $24.95)

On a recent morning drive to school, I asked my three kids (ages nine to 15) to tell me the first thing they thought of when they heard the name Beatrix Potter. “Peter Rabbit,” “gardens,” and “angry Mr. McGregor” were the first three ideas they offered. Not bad, seeing that it has been years since our family read Potter’s anthropomorphic tales. What I did not hear — nor did I expect to — from my children was the word “fungus.” Yet, as Matthew Dennison recounts in this new biography, Beatrix almost made her professional mark in mycology, the branch of

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