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Norman Dalziel Warne (1868 – 25 August 1905) was the third son of publisher Frederick Warne, and joined his father's firm Frederick Warne & Co. as editor. In 1900 the company rejected Beatrix Potter's The Tale of Peter Rabbit, but eventually reconsidered and published the book in October 1902 to great success. Norman Warne became Potter's editor and they worked together on several subsequent books and spinoffs such as soft toys and The Game of Peter Rabbit.
In 1904 Potter and Warne worked closely together to develop a tale about two mice and a doll house. Potter began spending more time at the firm's offices and took several trips to Warne's home to sketch a doll house he was constructing for his nieces. In July 1905 Warne proposed. Potter accepted, but, before a marriage could take place, Warne died suddenly and unexpectedly of pernicious anemia on 25 August 1905.