An aged Peter Rabbit makes an appearance
A previously unknown children’s story by Beatrix Potter will make its belated debut in September, two years after a publisher discovered it in an archive and more than a century after it was first written.
Potter, beloved for her books like The Tale of Peter Rabbit, had sent the unedited manuscript in a letter to her publisher in 1914, the Guardian reports, describing it as the tale of “a well-behaved prime black Kitty cat, who leads rather a double life.” This story, The Tale of Kitty-in-Boots, comes complete with a villain (Mr. Tod) and an “older, slower and portlier” Peter Rabbit, according to Jo Hanks, the publisher who discovered it in the archives of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.
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Potter wrote in the letter that she had picked up and put down the project many times, and it remained unfinished at the time of her death in 1943. Though the manuscript came accompanied by initial sketches of Kitty-in-Boots and Mr. Tod by Potter herself, this edition will be illustrated by Quentin Blake, the artist who famously gave form to many of Roald Dahl’s characters.
The Tale of Kitty-In-Boots will be published this fall by Frederick Warne & Co., a Penguin Random House imprint.