'May God blast any one who writes a biography of me' warned J. M. Barrie in one of his last notebooks. ... Unlike The Lost Boys, a trilogy I wrote for BBC television, this is a documentary account, and I have tried to limit my role to ...
Author: Andrew Birkin
Publisher: Yale University Press
Category: Biography & Autobiography
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
LOST BOYS: A band of boys who were lost by their parents and came to live in Neverland. –Peter Pan, J.M. Barrie, 1904 Lost Boys: The Beulah Home Tragedy recounts the case of The People vs. Herman Swift, a story which ran on front pages ...
Author: Jack Hobey
Publisher: Harbor House Publishers Inc
Category: Abused children
"Recounts the case of The People vs. Herman Swift, a story which ran on front pages of newspapers throughout Michigan for three years in the early 20th century. It is one of the most sensational cases to ever go to the Michigan Supreme Court and was reviewed on appeal by famous Michigan governors, Chase Osborn and Nathaniel Ferris. The story revolves around the complex, tragic figure of Herman Swift, his efforts to provide a home and guidance to orphaned and cast out boys, and a resulting scandal which gripped Michigan for years"--P.  of cover.
See Peter Pan, characters Jasper, David, 199–200 Jesus Christ, 132 J. M. Barrie and the Lost Boys (Birkin), 235m2 J. M. Barrie's Peter Pan and Wendy (novel), 117 John, Angela, 281 Jolly Roger, 184 jouissance, 18–20, 270, 277n1 Jowett, ...
Author: Donna R. White
Publisher: Scarecrow Press
Category: Literary Criticism
Celebrating 100 years of Peter Pan, this fourth volume in the Centennial Studies series explores the cultural contents of Barrie's creation and the continuing impact of Peter Pan on children's literature and popular culture today, especially focusing on the fluctuations of time and narrative strategies.
J. M. Barrie, Peter Pan and Other Plays, ed., intro., and notes Peter Hollindale (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1999), 98, 125, 137. 15 Chaney, Hide-and-Seek with Angels, ... 21 Quoted in Birkin,J. M. Barrie and the Lost Boys, 22.
Author: Richard Locke
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Category: Literary Criticism
The ten novels explored in Critical Children portray children so vividly that their names are instantly recognizable. Richard Locke traces the 130-year evolution of these iconic child characters, moving from Oliver Twist, David Copperfield, and Pip in Great Expectations to Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn; from Miles and Flora in The Turn of the Screw to Peter Pan and his modern American descendant, Holden Caulfield; and finally to Lolita and Alexander Portnoy. "It's remarkable," writes Locke, "that so many classic (or, let's say, unforgotten) English and American novels should focus on children and adolescents not as colorful minor characters but as the intense center of attention." Despite many differences of style, setting, and structure, they all enlist a particular child's story in a larger cultural narrative. In Critical Children, Locke describes the ways the children in these novels have been used to explore and evade large social, psychological, and moral problems. Writing as an editor, teacher, critic, and essayist, Locke demonstrates the way these great novels work, how they spring to life from their details, and how they both invite and resist interpretation and provoke rereading. Locke conveys the variety and continued vitality of these books as they shift from Victorian moral allegory to New York comic psychoanalytic monologue, from a child who is an agent of redemption to one who is a narcissistic prisoner of guilt and proud rage.
Barrie, Peter Pan, IV, in The Plays, ed. A.E. Wilson (London, 1942), 558. Barrie, Peter Pan, I, 521. For Sylvia's smile, see Dolly Parry, unpublished diary, 1890–1914, quoted by Andrew Birkin, J.M. Barrie and The Lost Boys (London, ...
Author: Neil Rennie
Publisher: OUP Oxford
Category: Literary Criticism
Treasure Neverland is about factual and fictional pirates. Swashbuckling eighteenth-century pirates were the ideal pirates of all time and tales of their exploits are still popular today. Most people have heard of Blackbeard and Captain Kidd even though they lived about three hundred years ago, but most have also heard of other pirates, such as Long John Silver and Captain Hook, even though these pirates never lived at all, except in literature. The differences between these two types of pirates - real and imaginary - are not quite as stark as we might think as the real, historical pirates are themselves somewhat legendary, somewhat fictional, belonging on the page and the stage rather than on the high seas. Based on extensive research of fascninating primary material, including testimonials, narratives, legal statements, colonial and mercantile records, Neil Rennie describes the ascertainable facts of real eighteenth-century pirate lives and then investigates how such facts were subsequently transformed artistically, by writers like Defoe and Stevenson, into realistic and fantastic fictions of various kinds: historical novels, popular melodramas, boyish adventures, Hollywood films. Rennie's aim is to watch, in other words, the long dissolve from Captain Kidd to Johnny Depp. There are surprisingly few scholarly studies of the factual pirates - properly analysing the basic manuscript sources and separating those documents from popular legends - and there are even fewer literary-historical studies of the whole crew of fictional pirates, although those imaginary pirates form a distinct and coherent literary tradition. Treasure Neverland is a study of this Scots-American literary tradition and also of the interrelations between the factual and fictional pirates - pirates who are intimately related, as the nineteenth-century writings about fictional pirates began with the eighteenth-century writings about supposedly real pirates. 'What I want is the best book about the Buccaneers', wrote Stevenson when he began Treasure Island in 1881. What he received, rightly, was indeed the best book: the sensational and unreliable History of the Pyrates (1724).
Notes INTRODUCTION 1 Andrew Birkin's book J. M. Barrie and the Lost Boys ( Birkin , 1979 ) was dramatised as a three - part television serial for BBC television in October 1978 . CHAPTER 1 : PETER PAN AND FREUD 1 References to Freud ...
Author: Jacqueline Rose
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
Category: Literary Criticism
Peter Pan, Jacqueline Rose contends, forces us to question what it is we are doing in the endless production and dissemination of children's fiction. In a preface, written for this edition, Rose considers some of Peter Pan's new guises and their implications. From Spielberg's Hook, to the lesbian production of the play at the London Drill Hall in 1991, to debates in the English House of Lords, to a newly claimed status as the icon of transvestite culture, Peter Pan continues to demonstrate its bizarre renewability as a cultural fetish of our times.
27 J. M. Barrie to Arthur Quiller-Couch, 25 July 1909, in Viola 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 Meynell, ed., Letters of J. M. Barrie (New York, 1947), p. 21. Birkin, J. M. Barrie and the Lost Boys, p. 43.
Author: Linda Simon
Publisher: Reaktion Books
In the glorious, boozy party after the first World War, a new being burst defiantly onto the world stage: the so-called flapper. Young, impetuous, and flirtatious, she was an alluring, controversial figure, celebrated in movies, fiction, plays, and the pages of fashion magazines. But, as this book argues, she didn’t appear out of nowhere. This spirited, beautifully illustrated history presents a fresh look at the reality of young women’s experiences in America and Britain from the 1890s to the 1920s, when the “modern” girl emerged. Linda Simon shows us how this modern girl bravely created a culture, a look, and a future of her own. Lost Girls is an illuminating history of the iconic flapper as she evolved from a problem to a temptation, and finally, in the 1920s and beyond, to an aspiration.
(27) Byron, M. C. (c.1920) J. M. Barrie's Peter Pan and Wendy. Retold for Little People. ... (30) Barrie, J. M. (1901) The Boy Castaways of Black Lake Island. ... (36) Birkin, A. (1979) J. M. Barrie and the Lost Boys. Constable.
Author: Rosalind Ridley
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
What is Peter Pan all about? Many of us realise that there is a bit more to the stories than a simple fantasy about flying away to a wonderful place in which to play, and that there is something psychologically rather dark about the events in the stories. But J. M. Barrie’s work has not previously been considered from the perspective of either the science of his time, or the insights of modern cognitive psychology. This book explores the texts of Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens (1906) and Peter and Wendy (1911), and argues that Barrie describes the limited mental abilities of infants and animals in order to illuminate the structure of human adult cognition. Barrie had a well-informed, post-Darwinian perspective on the biological origins of human behaviour. The idea that human consciousness, cognition, culture and sense of moral responsibility could have origins in animal behaviour was deeply shocking to the nineteenth century intelligentsia, and remains controversial in some sections of academia even today. Barrie’s work contains many insights into what is now referred to as mental representation and theory of mind, areas of cognitive psychology that have been examined scientifically only in the last few decades. Barrie also reflects on the nature of consciousness in a way that parallels modern interests. As books with a complex scientific undercurrent, Barrie’s Peter Pan stories rank alongside Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland and Alice through the Looking Glass, which engage with complex issues of mathematics and logic, and Charles Kingsley’s The Water-Babies, which explores the implications of evolution for human society.