Fuse #8

Friday, December 08, 2006

Beatrix Potter - Overrated?

Boy you just can't unconditionally worship anyone these days, can you? Carroll took weird pictures, Barrie had mother issues, and Beatrix Potter.... ?

Well, with the new movie of her life coming out, The Guardian has wasted very little time in publishing The Ugly Truth About Peter Rabbit. Definitely great reading (though whether you choose to side with it is another matter entirely). It includes such stirring passages, regarding Squirrel Nutkin, as...
Some critics have taken his symbolic castration as Nutkin's punishment for masturbation, but we need not follow them in this. Others - namely the University of Washington's Dr Charles Frey - contend that the squirrel's name suggests not only that he is a little nut, but that we are all like him: he is our nut-kin. Stop tittering at the back.


As for the info that Ms. Potter was less than saintly 24/7, none of this comes as news. If you've dutifully read your The Wand In the Word by Leonard Marcus and perused the Diana Wynne Jones section (page 80, to be exact) you'll know that Ms. Potter one terrorized young Jones's sister back in the day.

Thanks to the Misrule blog for the link.


At 12:41 PM , Blogger Liz B said...

I must be getting old, because my reaction to the "Beatrix Potter was mean to me" story is so what? I like the kids I know; and I like the kids I work with at the library. But I think I would be grumpy Miss Potter if I found strange kids swinging on my gate. Who the heck are you? What are you doing on my lawn?

At 1:06 AM , Blogger fusenumber8 said...

Yup. The thing is that I feel like there's a second children's author out there that was ALSO terrorized by Ms. Potter. Ten points to anyone who can help me remember who person #2 was. I only mention this because I think that Ms. Potter may have had the uncommon ability to create children's authors out of the kids she drove the fear of God into.


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