Thursday 2 March, 6.30pm drinks reception for 7.00pm talk.
Professor Judith W. Page (University of Florida)
Beatrix Potter is best known as the author of the Peter Rabbit tales, first published at the beginning of the twentieth century, books that most of us either encountered as children
or as adults reading to children. Later in life, Potter became a farmer, environmentalist, and land owner in the Lake District. She wrote in a letter: “I do not rem
ember a time when I did not try to invent pictures and make for myself a fairyland amongst the wild flowers, the animals, fungi, mosses, woods and streams, all the thousand objects of the countryside—that pleasant, unchanging world of realism and romance…” In this talk, Professor Judith W. Page will consider how Potter’s children’s books reveal her commitment to preserving and defending the values that she associated with rural England.
Judith W. Page, a former Chawton House Library Visiting Fellow, is Professor of English at the University of Florida. She has written several books, including Women, Literature, and the Domesticated Landscape: England’s Disciples of Flora, 1780-1870 (2011) and Wordsworth and the Cultivation of Women (1994). Her most recent book is Disciples of Flora: Gardens in History and Culture, (2015, edited with Victoria Pagán and Brigitte Weltman-Aron).
Tickets: £11; Students/Friends £8.50 (includes drinks and canapés)