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Beatrix Potter – The Tale Of Peter Rabbit (1902)
That the tale of a mischievous bunny has proven to be timeless is demonstrated by the recently released 3D CGI-animated feature film Peter Rabbit. The character’s creator, Beatrix Potter (1863-1944), wasn’t just a writer, illustrator, natural scientist and conservationist, she was also a keen business woman. She self-published The Tale Of Peter Rabbit upon initial rejection, drawing the attention of publisher Frederick Warne & Co. Now, with 45 million copies sold, it is one of the bestselling books ever. Potter also licensed a stuffed toy in 1903, making Peter Rabbit one of the world’s oldest licensed characters.