The Darling children of Bloomsbury have a secret. His name is Peter Pan, a mischievous night visitor who's somewhere "betwixt and between" a boy and a bird and who refuses to grow up. When Peter invites young Wendy and her two brothers to follow him back to his Neverland home, an adventure beyond any bedtime story unfolds.
A world apart from its innumerable renditions, sequels, and spin-offs, Barrie's Peter and Wendy is a strange, beautiful, dark, and complex fantasy about the "heartless innocence" of children, the bittersweet longings of adult nostalgia, and the realities and fears of growing up.
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Revised edition: Previously published as Peter and Wendy, this edition of Peter and Wendy (AmazonClassics Edition) includes editorial revisions.
Sir James Matthew Barrie (1860-1937) was a Scottish drama critic, journalist, librettist, parodist, playwright, and novelist best remembered as the author of Peter and Wendy.
Born to a conservative Calvinist family, Barrie eschewed his parents' wishes that he join the ministry and, instead, pursued his great loves: literature, drama, and writing. His first job as a newspaper journalist opened the door to a prolific and successful career. Traveling in the encouraging social circles of such literary titans as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, H. G. Wells, and Robert Louis Stevenson, Barrie would go on to write short stories, a number of plays, an opera, and more than three dozen novels, including The Little White Bird, in which his most famous character, Peter Pan, first appeared. Barrie's other more notable works include The Little Minister, Quality Street, and The Admirable Crichton.