Lost Boy

Lost Boy

The Story of the Man Who Created Peter Pan

Book - 2010
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People around the world know the story of Peter Pan, the boy who would not grow up, but not many know the story of his creator, J. M. Barrie. Barrie's young childhood was marked by sorrow, but also held great adventure. His adult life and relationship with the Davies family brought about a second childhood that helped him to create his lasting triumph. Masterfully illustrated by Steve Adams and using Barrie's own words, Jane Yolen tells the story of the author and the boys who changed his life.
Publisher: New York : Dutton Children's Books, c2010.
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780525478867
Branch Call Number: j B BARRIE J
Characteristics: 1 volumes (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29cm.


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Jul 26, 2013

I have no idea who this book is geared towards. The pictures are for children, the content pre-teens, and the misinterpretation is for historians. Ah yes, the misinterpretation. The book tries to sell the story line of Barrie being a foil for Peter Pan: some troubles along the way, but eventually he defeats the clock crocodile and Hook and emerges happily ever after. And yet, several academic biographers have shown Barrie to have lived a torrmented life. Brought up in a manipulative atmosphere, living to imitate his deceased brother and cheer his grieving mother, Barrie was filled with self-loathing and took refuge in tobacco, workaholism, and fanatical devotion to living the life of children in a real-life Nevernever Land. Barrie was a sick man closer to Micheal Jackson than Peter Pan, and this book doesn't even scratch the surface of it. In the end, it looks like this book was geared towards me. It gave me food for thought on Mr Barrie and his hero Peter Pan, as well as giving me nice drawings to look at along the way.


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