The itch to write..
Miss Potter World – covering the life of Beatrix Potter
From the time she was fourteen until she was thirty-one, Beatrix kept a journal, a secret journal written in a code of her own design. Towards the end of her life Beatrix wrote, 'when I was young I already had the itch to write without having any material to write about' (Beatrix, 1966, p.11). After starting the journal, she found plenty to write about, and in her quiet manner she developed her writing skills. She wanted to keep her journal from prying eyes, particularly those of her mother. Although the code was simple it remained undeciphered for eighty years until in 1958 Leslie Linder was able to break the code. Beatrix did admit that later in her life she had some difficulty in reading what she had written