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James Matthew Barrie



Sir James Matthew Barrie, 1st Baronet, OM (9 May 1860 – 19 June 1937) was a Scottish author and dramatist, best remembered today as the creator of Peter Pan. The child of a family of small-town weavers, he was educated in Scotland.

He moved to London, where he developed a career as a novelist and playwright.

There he met the Llewelyn Davies boys who inspired him in writing about a baby boy who has magical adventures in Kensington Gardens (included in The Little White Bird), then to write Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up, a "fairy play" about this ageless boy and an ordinary girl named Wendy who have adventures in the fantasy setting of Neverland.

This play quickly overshadowed his previous work and although he continued to write successfully, it became his best-known work, credited with popularising the name Wendy, which was very uncommon previously.

Barrie unofficially adopted the Davies boys following the deaths of their parents. Before his death, he gave the rights to the Peter Pan works to Great Ormond Street Hospital, which continues to benefit from them.

Peter Pan and Wendy

Peter Pan; or, the Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up or Peter and Wendy is J. M. Barrie's most famous work, in the form of a 1904 play and a 1911 novel, respectively.

Both versions tell the story of Peter Pan, a mischievous little boy who can fly, and his adventures on the island of Neverland with Wendy Darling and her brothers, the fairy Tinker Bell, the Lost Boys, the Indian princess Tiger Lily, and the pirate Captain Hook.

The play and novel were inspired by Barrie's friendship with the Llewelyn Davies family. Barrie continued to revise the play for years after its debut; the novel reflects one version of the story.


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1 Peter Pan // Chapter 1 - Peter breaks through
2 Peter Pan // Chapter 10 - The happy home
3 Peter Pan // Chapter 11 - Wendy's story
4 Peter Pan // Chapter 12 - The children are carried off
5 Peter Pan // Chapter 13 - Do you believe in fairies?
6 Peter Pan // Chapter 14 - The pirate ship
7 Peter Pan // Chapter 15 - Hook me this time
8 Peter Pan // Chapter 16 - The return home
9 Peter Pan // Chapter 17 - When Wendy grew up
10 Peter Pan // Chapter 2 - The Shadow
11 Peter Pan // Chapter 3 - Come away, come away!
12 Peter Pan // Chapter 4 - The flight
13 Peter Pan // Chapter 5 - The island come true
14 Peter Pan // Chapter 6 - The little house
15 Peter Pan // Chapter 7 - The home under the ground
16 Peter Pan // Chapter 8 - The mermaids' lagoon
17 Peter Pan // Chapter 9 - The never bird