Peter Pan

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New American Library, 1987 - Juvenile Fiction - 208 pages
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'COME AWAY, COME AWAY!'

That's Peter Pan's irresistible call to the Darling children-and to generations of readers who have travelled with him to Neverland and all the secret places in a child's heart. With a magic and emotional appeal unmatched by any other story, Barrie's Peter Pan speaks directly to childhood's dreams and desires with an imaginative genius that evokes both laughter and tears. Peter, the boy who wouldn't grow up; Nana, the Darling children's nurse and pet Newfoundland; deliciously dreadful Captain Hook, who is stalked by a crocodile with a clock in his stomach; and Tinker Bell, 'quite a common fairy,' who swears like a sailor and its murderously jealous-these characters of startling originality are rich, funny, mischievously insightful, and a joy to read about again and again. The result is a masterpiece of literature that has been working its timeless wonderment on us since it first appeared.

With an Afterword by Alison Lurie
Illustrated by Sergio Martinez

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About the author (1987)

James Matthew Barrie lived from 1860 to 1937. He was born in Scotland, the son of a weaver. He adored his mother, Margaret Ogilvie - it was the Scottish fashion in those days for wives to keep their maiden names - and, although the family were quite poor she made sure that he was educated. In 1885 Barrie moved to London to follow a literary career.

He first wrote short stories and later successful plays which made him rich and famous. He was very nervous when he gave Peter Pan to his theatrical manager because it was a child's fantasy, the first and only time he had ever written especially for children. But Peter Pan with its flying and theatrical devices was a huge success and continues to be performed today. In 1911 James Barrie turned his play into a novel, one of the most thrilling and magical of all the great adventures that have been written for children.

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