Caroline Fraser

About Caroline Fraser

Caroline Fraser has a PhD in literature from Harvard University and has written widely on natural history and environmental issues. She is the editor of the Library of America’s edition of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House books.

Peter Rabbit and the Tale of a Fierce Bad Publisher

The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter

Originality is everything in literature, as in art. “Originals never lose their value,” Ralph Waldo Emerson said. He may have been referring to Shakespeare and Wordsworth, but the statement is just as true of children’s literature. Of course, even originals owe something to the past — “we all quote,” Emerson acknowledged — but he did […]