6 February 2016 Susannah

An Unpublished Manuscript Surfaces

Beatrix_Potter,_Benjamin_Bunny,_Mrs_Rabbits_shop image

Beatrix Potter by Charles King, circa 1913Fascinating news recently about the finding of an unpublished Beatrix Potter manuscript. Did you know that a Beatrix Potter book is sold somewhere in the world every 15 seconds? The new book is the Tale of Kitty-in-Boots and it will be published, with illustrations by Quentin Blake, in September. It is already a best-seller.

The manuscript was found amongst letters in the archives of the Victoria and Albert museum. 2016 is 150 years since Beatrix Potter’s birth, so a new book, though an unfinished one, is a lovely way to mark that anniversary.

I do wish more previously unpublished manuscripts would come to light – a new Jane Austen, an undiscovered Shakespeare play – both would be beyond exciting!

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Featured image credit- “Beatrix Potter, Benjamin Bunny, Mrs Rabbits shop” by Beatrix Potter – Project Gutenberg ebook of The Tale of Benjamin Bunny, image taken from this HTML version, original text with this illustration is “Old Mrs. Rabbit was a widow; she earned her living by knitting rabbit-wool mittens and muffatees (I once bought a pair at a bazaar). She also sold herbs, and rosemary tea, and rabbit-tobacco (which is what we call lavender).”. Licensed under Public Domain via Commons – https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Beatrix_Potter,_Benjamin_Bunny,_Mrs_Rabbits_shop.jpg
Body image credit- Beatrix Potter by Charles King, circa 1913 from National Portrait Gallery: Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=36914961

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