J. M. Barrie: The Little White Bird

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The Little White Bird is mostly recognised as the work that introduced the character of Peter Pan to readers and critics alike. It was published in 1902 and was instantly a great success, but its later reputation rests almost solely on the “Peter Pan” chapters (XIII-XVIII), which were extracted in 1906 and published as a stand-alone book for children, entitled Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens, and illustrated by Arthur Rackham. In contrast to its later, far more well-known, literary progeny, The Little White Bird is not a children’s book, but was rather addressed to an adult readership.

It is difficult to place The Little White Bird within strict generic terms: it is not an ordinary …

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Fimi, Dimitra. "The Little White Bird". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 19 April 2008
[http://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=329, accessed 26 September 2016.]

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  1. Children's Literature