Peter Pan originally appeared as a baby living a magical life among birds and fairies in J.M. Barrieâs sequence of stories,Â Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens. His later role as flying boy hero was brought to the stage by Barrie in the beloved playÂ Peter Pan, which opened in 1904 and became the novelPeter and WendyÂ in 1911. In a narrative filled with vivid characters, epic battles, pirates, fairies, and fantastic imagination, Peter Panâs adventures capture the spirit of childhoodâand of rebellion against the role of adulthood in conventional society.
This edition includes the novel and the stories, as well as an introduction by eminent scholar Jack Zipes. Looking at the man behindÂ Peter PanÂ and sifting through the psychological interpretations that have engaged many a critic, Zipes explores the larger cultural and literary contexts in which we should appreciate Barrieâs enduring creation and shows whyÂ Peter PanÂ is a work not for children but for adults seeking to reconnect with their own imagination.
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