J M Barrie and the Lost Boys

The Real Story Behind Peter Pan
Author(s): Andrew Birkin
Original Publish Date: Jul 11, 2003
Product Number: EB00762304
Released: Jul 08, 2019
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9780300211320
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This literary biography is "a story of obsession and the search for pure childhood . . . Moving, charming, a revelation" (Los Angeles Times). J. M. Barrie, Victorian novelist, playwright, and author of Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up, led a life almost as interesting as his famous creation. Childless in his marriage, Barrie grew close to the five young boys of the Davies family, ultimately becoming their guardian and surrogate father when they were orphaned. Andrew Birkin draws extensively on a vast range of material by and about Barrie, including notebooks, memoirs, and hours of recorded interviews with the family and their circle, to describe Barrie's life, the tragedies that shaped him, and the wonderful world of imagination he created for the boys. Updated with a new preface and including photos and illustrations, this "absolutely gripping" read reveals the dramatic story behind one of the classics of children's literature (Evening Standard). "A psychological thriller . . . One of the year's most complex and absorbing biographies." —Time "[A] fascinating story." —The Washington Post

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