J. M. Barrie: Peter and Wendy

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In 1911 J.M. Barrie produced a novel of his extremely successful play Peter Pan or The Boy Who Would Not Grow Up, first performed in 1904. The novelized version of the dramatic text was published under the title Peter and Wendy. Inevitably, the transition from play to novel made additions and elaborations necessary; and the events that dominated Barrie’s personal life while writing the novel also played an important part in its atmosphere and development. By the time Barrie had finished Peter and Wendy, both Arthur and Sylvia Llewellyn-Davies had died, leaving him the legal guardian of their five boys, George, Jack, Peter, Michael and Nico to whom, incidentally, he already referred as “my boys”…

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Fimi, Dimitra. "Peter and Wendy". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 19 May 2008
[http://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=2836, accessed 04 July 2015.]

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