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Peter Pan: Peter and Wendy and Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens


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Peter Pan, the “boy who would not grow up,” originally appeared as a baby living a magical life among birds and fairies in J.M. Barrie’s sequence of stories, Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens. His later role as flying boy hero was brought to the stage by Barrie in the beloved play Peter Pan, which opened in 1904 and became the novel Peter and Wendy in 1911. In a narrative filled with vivid characters, epic battles, pirates, fairies, and fantastic imagination, Peter Pan’s adventures capture the spirit of childhood—and of rebellion against the role of adulthood in conventional society.

This edition includes the novel and the stories, as well as an introduction by eminent scholar Jack Zipes. Looking at the man behind Peter Pan and sifting through the psychological interpretations that have engaged many a critic, Zipes explores the larger cultural and literary contexts in which we should appreciate Barrie’s enduring creation and shows why Peter Pan is a work not for children but for adults seeking to reconnect with their own imagination.

  • 100th anniversary of the play, which premiered December 27, 1904
  • Includes introduction, suggestions for further reading, explanatory notes, and the original illustrations from the first edition by Francis Donkin Bedford and Arthur Rackham

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wurdnurd, February 18, 2010 (view all comments by wurdnurd)
Such a lovely, endearing and heart-wrenching look at adolescence. I haven’t read this book since I was (much) younger and, as a fully-certified (well, maybe not fully-certified) adult, this book has so much more depth and meaning to it now. Even beyond comparing it to the mass market portrayals (i.e., Disney, Hook, Finding Neverland), the psychological elements of the story and the characters themselves was engrossing from first page to last (i.e., I couldn’t help feeling like Capt Hook and Peter are the same person…is that too obvious?). And yes, I cried at the end…
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Zipes, Jack
Penguin Books
Introduction by:
Zipes, Jack
Zipes, Jack
Barrie, James Matthew
Zipes, Jack
Barrie, J. M.
New York
Fantasy - General
Fantasy fiction, English
Peter Pan
Kensington Gardens
Peter Pan (Fictitious character)
Science Fiction and Fantasy-Fantasy
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Paperback / softback
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Grade Level:
from 12
Art will be included
7.16x6.32x.51 in. .43 lbs.
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