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 novel, but rather a series of episodes or sketches, narrated by Captain W, a middle-aged bachelor, and
Citation: Fimi, Dimitra. "The Little White Bird". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 19 April 2008 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=329, accessed 06 December 2023.]