Never-before-seen Beatrix Potter story uncovered

A Beatrix Potter illustration is displayed at Bonhams auction house in London in 2008 // Photo by Kirsty Wigglesworth for AP

A Beatrix Potter illustration is displayed at Bonhams auction house in London in 2008 // Photo by Kirsty Wigglesworth for AP

According to the BBC, publisher Jo Hanks has uncovered a new-to-us Beatrix Potter story, “The Tale of Kitty-in-Boots,” which Potter wrote some time before 1914.

Hanks found rough sketches of “Kitty-in-Boots” and a partially arranged manuscript in the author’s papers at the Victoria and Albert Museum archives in London.

The story stars “a well-behaved prime black Kitty cat, who leads rather a double life,” Potter wrote to her publisher in 1914. The story also features an appearance by Peter Rabbit, the beloved, mischievous character that first made Potter famous.

The BBC reports that letters from the archive indicate Potter intended to finish the book, but was delayed by World War I, her marriage, and later illness. She completed only one drawing for “Kitty-in-Boots.”

The newly uncovered tale will be published this September by Penguin Random House and will feature original illustrations by Quentin Blake, best known for illustrating the stories of Roald Dahl.

[H/T BBC]


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