J. M. Barrie, Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens

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In 1906, Peter Pan was already a theatrical sensation, having been performed for two consecutive Christmas seasons, and having drawn capacity audiences of children and adults alike. Barrie’s publishers, Hodder & Stoughton, eager to share in this new literary success, invited Barrie to novelize the play, and at Barrie’s initial refusal (later, in 1911, Barrie did novelize the play as Peter and Wendy), they suggested an alternative solution: commissioning Arthur Rackham to illustrate the Peter Pan chapters from The Little White Bird which would be published as a stand-alone book. The result was the celebrated Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens, a book with 50 lavish illustrations, a worthy …

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Citation: Fimi, Dimitra. "Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 19 April 2008 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=2832, accessed 31 March 2023.]

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