Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens and Peter and Wendy (Google eBook)

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Digireads.com Publishing, Jan 1, 2009 - Fiction - 120 pages
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"Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens" and "Peter and Wendy" combines the two main works from which we find J. M. Barrie s most popular character, Peter Pan. In Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens we are first introduced to 'the boy who wouldn't grow up'. Following the success of this work Barrie wrote a stage play entitled "Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up". It is upon that work which "Peter and Wendy", essentially a novelization of the play, is based. Readers both young and old will be delighted by this collection of fanciful and wonderful stories.
  

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THE GRAND TOUR OF THE GARDENS
5
PETER PAN
9
THE THRUSHS NEST
13
LOCKOUT TIME
18
THE LITTLE HOUSE
23
PETERS GOAT
31
PETER BREAKS THROUGH
37
THE SHADOW
41
THE HOME UNDER THE GROUND
70
THE MERMAIDS LAGOON
74
THE NEVER BIRD
81
THE HAPPY HOME
82
WENDYS STORY
86
THE CHILDREN ARE CARRIED OFF
91
DO YOU BELIEVE IN FAIRIES?
93
THE PIRATE SHIP
98

COME AWAY COME AWAY
46
THE FLIGHT
54
THE ISLAND COME TRUE
59
THE LITTLE HOUSE
65
HOOK OR ME THIS TIME
102
THE RETURN HOME
107
WHEN WENDY GREW UP
112
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James Matthew Barrie, the creator of Peter Pan, was born on May 9, 1860, in Kirriemuir, Angus, Scotland. His idyllic boyhood was shattered by his brother's death when Barrie was six. His own grief and that of his mother influenced the rest of his life. Through his work, he sought to recapture the carefree joy of his first six years. Barrie came to London as a freelance writer in 1885. His early fiction, Auld Licht Idylls (1888) and A Window in Thrums (1889), were inspired by his youth in Kirriemuir. After publishing a biography of his mother Margaret Ogilvy and the autobiographical novel Sentimental Tommy, about a boy living in a dream world (1896), he concentrated on writing plays. The Admirable Crichton (1902), the story of a butler who becomes king of a desert island, helped to establish Barrie's reputation as a playwright. Meanwhile, he began to relive his childhood by telling the first Peter Pan stories to the sons of his friend, Sylvia Llewellyn Davies. The play Peter Pan was first performed in 1904 and published as a novel seven years later. Its imaginative drama, featuring the eternal boy's triumph over the grownup Captain Hook, idealizes childhood and underscores adults' inability to regain it. These resonant themes made it a classic of world literature. Barrie's later work shows his increasingly cynical view of adulthood, particularly in Dear Brutus (1917). Often considered his finest play, it concerns nine men and women whose caprices destroy a miraculous opportunity to relive their lives. Barrie married the former Mary Ansell in 1894. They divorced in 1909, never having any children. Barrie died in London on June 19, 1937.

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