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Peter Pan (1911)



The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up

Peter and Wendy

Peter Pan first appeared in a section of The Little White Bird, a 1902 novel written by J.M Barrie for adults. The character's best-known adventure first appeared on 27 December 1904, in the form of a stage play entitled Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up. The play was adapted and expanded somewhat as a novel, which is this version, published in 1911 as Peter and Wendy. Following the success of the 1904 play, Barrie's publishers, Hodder and Stoughton, extracted chapters 13–18 of The Little White Bird and republished them in 1906 under the title Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens, with the addition of illustrations by Arthur Rackham.

Three young children (Wendy, John,and Michael) set off on an adventure with a boy who lives in another world where you never grow up. During their rather exciting journey the three children realize growing up is an important part of your life and you will have to grow up so they return to their parents.--Submitted by Anonymous

In this famous childhood classic, the three Darling children known as Wendy, John, and Michael meet a flying boy named Peter Pan. He is from the world of Neverland, where children don't grow old and there are adventures around every corner. Through the group's encounters with fairies, pirates, mermaids, and indians, the children learn that even though you may grow older, you never have to lose your spirit.--Submitted by Anonymous

Three Londonian children, Wendy, John and Michael, follow Peter Pan, their childhood stories' hero, to Neverland, a place where you never grow old. There they live all kinds of adventures with pirates, mermaids, indians and make new friends, the "Lost boys", until they realize that growing up is important too, they can't stay children all their lives! So they go home, flying as Peter Pan taught them.--Submitted by Flora

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Tragic figure

Does the narrator ever claim that Peter is a tragic figure?

Please please help: Peter Pan reading guide

Hello there! I've finally decided to read Peter Pan. But I'm terribly confused about where to start. :frown5: So far, the titles I've come across by J.M. Barrie are: Peter Pan (the play) Peter Pan (the novel) Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens Peter Pan and Wendy The Little White Bird Which one should I be reading? Should I be reading all of them? If I should read all of them is there any particular order in which I should be reading them? Are there any other Peter Pan adventures written by Barrie that are not on my list? Please, please help. I would really love to read this great piece of literature and I don't want to miss anything out! Your help and advice is greatly appreciated.

What is the meaning of the 'hidden kiss' in peter pan?

Why does J. M. Barrie write that peter pan looks a lot like mrs. darling's hidden kiss and why is it so easy for him to get that kiss when mr. darling failed?

The 2003 movie thimble

Why does everyone seem to think Wendy and Peter "thimbling" at the end of the movie is so wrong? In the book they thimble in the nursery in chapter 3...the play is another story in that one it seems almost as if Peter really is a boy who has died. There are some differences between play and novel. But in the novel..they do me it's just moved to a different part of the story *shrug* Mrs. Darling's kiss just means something totally different in the book. I like how in the movie they say the hidden kiss is seen on Wendy's mouth. And I'm also a believer that children CAN fall in love so I really like the movie version. My boyfriend is pretty sure he's heard somewhere that Barrie wanted people to expand on the story and universe so more power to the creators of the 2003 film.


I just wanted to get peoples opinion on what they thought was better, the book or the movies (Hook, Disney's version or the recent 2003 version). What basic themes do you think the movies added/removed compared to the book? How do you think this changed the story of the movie? Were there any crucial scenes/characters in the movie that were not portrayed correctly in the book? For me - I thought the 2003 version did not present Wendy as the book did. The movie presented a romance between Peter and Wendy that was not as emphasized in the book. Along with emphasizing the romance they took away their focus a bit on Wendy being a mother for the Lost Boys. The book on the other hand showed us clear evidence of Wendy being a caring mother. I would appreciate any opinions.:)

Hook, between the lines

the other day when i was reading Peter Pan, (for the forth time :D) i once again came across the paragraph that always stumped me with curiosity. Hook was not his ture name. To reveal who he really was would even at this date set the country in a blaze;But as those who read between the lives must already have guessed, he head been at a famous public school; and its traditions still clung to him like garments, with which indeed they are largely concerned. Thus it was offensive to him even now to a board a ship in the same dress in which he grappled her; and he still adhered in his walk to the school's distinguished slouch. But above all he retained the passon for good form. Who is he then? i have never been able to guess, i've reread some parts trying to read "between the lines" but have never succeded in guessing who he is. do you guys have a clue suggestions. Who is James Hook!?

It's not certain that fairies don't exist...

Hi everyone, I would be really grateful for some help. I am currently translating Spanish fairy tales into English, and have come across the phrase 'it's not certain that fairies don't exist.' I have a feeling that the line appears somewhere in Peter Pan! Am I correct? If so, does anyone happen to know which Chapter?! Thank you lots for all your help.

Hello & Help

Hello, everyone::yawnb: i'm new here and i 'm from China. i read Peter Pan since i was 5 and it is my favorite book. Now i am more than 22 and i will graduate from our university in 2008. Right now i am preparing for my research paper and i chose the literature as the topic, and of course i decide Peter Pan as the literature work i would research on. However, i am not so good at writing. i am very worried about writing my paper for it should be 5,000 words(i have never written so many words) i have searched some resources from our library and somewhere else and i am still keeping researching. but there is limited source i can get just by myself, so i come here and ask for all of your help. i decide to research on the characters in Peter Pan, and the most i will discuss are Peter and Wendy. So would you like to share with me your thoughts about them or some resources? i will be very appreciate your help! Have a nice day!

Help needed, I am playing Wendy in Peter Pan

Hello, I was wondering whether everyone here who is into Peter Pan or has a child that is would mind telling me how they see Wendy. What qualities in terms of movement or personality should someone playing Wendy have? What do you feel Wendy's purpose is in the book? How were you first introduce to Peter Pan, was it through the numerous films, the play or the book? In terms of children would you think that there ideas about Peter Pan are shaped by the film first or the book? What other information do you feel it is necessary for me to know about Wendy? Sorry for all the questions, I have researched Peter Pan and the character of Wendy now from several different angles and I am determined to get the as culturally accurate as possible. I am sure (since I believe we all have a collective consciousness as well as an independent one) that there will be generally agreed things about Wendy but I am also interested in unusual thoughts about Wendy. Thank you :)

Do Wendy, Tinker Bell and Tiger Lily represent different women archetypes??

Do you think Wendy, Tinker Bell and Tiger Lily represent different women archetypes?? I read this somewhere but I can't find how this is true, all of them were jealous of each other because of Peter. If anyone knows anything about this, I'd really like to know. Thanks!!

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