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. Both version 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 Michael and John, the fairy Tinkerbell, 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.


Barrie created Peter Pan in stories he told to the sons of his friend Sylvia Llewelyn Davies, with whom he had forged a special relationship. Mrs. Llewelyn Davies' death from cancer came within a few years after the death of her husband. Barrie was named as co-guardian of the boys and unofficially adopted them.

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