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The Annotated Peter Pan: Centennial Edition (Annotated Books) [Hardcover]

J. M. Barrie , Maria Tatar
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30 Sep 2011 0393066002 978-0393066005 Centennial
One hundred years after J.M. Barrie published Peter and Wendy, Maria Tatar revisits a story that bridges the generations, animating adults and children with its energy. The adventures of the Darling children with Peter Pan and Tinkerbell in Neverland are seminal tales of escape and fantasy. Inspired by Barrie's adventures with the five Llewelyn Davies boys he adopted, the story of Peter Pan has a deep and controversial history that comes alive in Tatar's new edition. This brilliantly designed volume - with period photographs, full colour images by iconic illustrators, commentary on stage and screen versions and an array of supplementary material, including Barrie's screenplay for a silent film - will draw readers into worlds of incandescent beauty, flooding them with the radiance of childhood wonder and the poignancy of what we lose when we grow up.

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  • Hardcover: 504 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; Centennial edition (30 Sep 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393066002
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393066005
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 10.1 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 150,900 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Starred review. ...the story of Peter Pan benefits greatly from Tatar s extensive contextualizing as well as the supplemental material she includes. Of this, much is rare, and it is a treat... Bibliophiles and casual readers alike, and of course all who love Peter Pan or are fascinated by his creator, will want this gem. Recommended. --Library Journal

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Maria Tatar chairs the Program in Folklore and Mythology at Harvard University. Among other works, she has edited: The Annotated Brothers Grimm (ISBN 978 0 393 05848 2), The Annotated Classic Fairy Tales (ISBN 978 0 393 05163 6) and The Annotated Hans Christian Andersen (ISBN 978 0 393 06081 2).

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One never grows up 6 Nov 2011
By wogan
Format:Hardcover
This is a handsome keepsake book for devotees of Peter Pan and those who you would desire to be. This is more than the story of this boy who never grows up, it is the adventure behind the fantasy. J.M.Barrie was as fascinating a character himself, as his creation.
There are many period colour Illustrations in the book, programs, black and white period photos of Barrie and the Davies boys, productions, stage and film. We also read of the appeal of fairy dust and of flying.

Included is an introduction to Peter Pan and Barrie, the chapters on Peter and Wendy. Barrie's `The Boy Castaways of black Lake Island', his introduction to play Peter Pan, words on Arthur Rackham, including the not to be missed stature of Pan in Kensington Gardens, Barrie's scenario for a proposed film and a survey on Peter Pan in the cinema, adaptations, sequels and spin offs and the legacy of Peter Pan.
There are helpful footnotes throughout, no index; but a 10 page bibliography.

What a special Christmas present, or for another occasion this book would be; or as an addition for your own bookshelf. This is almost as complete a book as one could get on the subject of Peter Pan.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Only the gay and heartless 21 Feb 2012
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
Everybody knows and loves Peter Pan -- the immortal, flying imp who lives in a floating otherworld, battles pirates, and never has to grow up.

And J.M. Barrie's classic tale "Peter Pan" really hasn't lost any of its charm, although those who have only seen the Disney movie may be shocked at how dark it can be at times. It's a strange, whimsical little story with a bittersweet edge, but Maria Tatar's annotations leave me wondering if an "annotated" Peter Pan is really necessary... despite all the goodies it's fleshed out with.

Young Wendy Darling is woken by a strange boy in her room, who has lost his shadow. That boy is Peter Pan, a flying boy from Neverland who regularly eavesdrops at her house because he likes the bedtime stories her mother tells. Since Wendy ALSO knows bedtime stories (and can potentially "make pockets"), Peter whisks Wendy and her brothers Michael and John off to Neverland.

However, Neverland is not a place devoid of dangers -- there is a pirate ship there (don't as me how; if it's explained, I don't remember), led by the villainous Captain Hook. Hook is constantly trying to kill Peter and his Lost Boys, and it doesn't take long for Wendy and the other boys to be captured. Can Peter save them from his archnemesis?

Children are "innocent and heartless" by nature, and it feels like "Peter Pan" was a homage to that -- it's a childish romp in a fantasyland, where kids can fly, fight pirates and have strange little adventures. Nobody really thinks about the families that are undoubtedly freaking out, or the lives they'll miss out on.

And really, that's part of its charm.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One never grows up 6 Nov 2011
By wogan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This is a handsome keepsake book for devotees of Peter Pan and those who you would desire to be. This is more than the story of this boy who never grows up, it is the adventure behind the fantasy. J.M.Barrie was as fascinating a character himself, as his creation.
There are many period colour Illustrations in the book, programs, black and white period photos of Barrie and the Davies boys, productions, stage and film. We also read of the appeal of fairy dust and of flying.

Included is an introduction to Peter Pan and Barrie, the chapters on Peter and Wendy. Barrie's `The Boy Castaways of black Lake Island', his introduction to play Peter Pan, words on Arthur Rackham, including the not to be missed stature of Pan in Kensington Gardens, Barrie's scenario for a proposed film and a survey on Peter Pan in the cinema, adaptations, sequels and spin offs and the legacy of Peter Pan.
There are helpful footnotes throughout, no index; but a 10 page bibliography.

What a special Christmas present, or for another occasion this book would be; or as an addition for your own bookshelf. This is almost as complete a book as one could get on the subject of Peter Pan.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Neverland: Both The Light And The Shadow 31 Dec 2011
By John D. Cofield - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Peter Pan must be one of the best known stories nobody has actually read. The numerous stage plays, pantomimes, and movies have given most of us a fairly good idea of the basic plot line, while J.M. Barrie's biographers and the movie Finding Neverland have ensured that thestrange life story of the creator of Peter Pan has had an airing. This Centennial Edition of Peter Pan, ably annotated by Maria Tatar, does much to cast light on what have been unknown or at least shadowy aspects of the story.

One of the first surprises about Peter Pan is how slim the actual story really is. It is less than 200 pages in this volume, which includes the annotations and many of the original illustrations. Be advised that the language of books written for children in the Edwardian era often seems cloying to today's readers, but nevertheless those who persevere will find the story's legendary charms are fully deserved. The annotations enhance and do not drown the text.

The rest of this fine volume is just as fascinating. There is a long biographical essay which chronicles Barrie's difficult early life, his success as a playwright, and most importantly his obsession with the Llewellyn Davies family, particularly the five young boys whom Barrie first met in Kensington Gardens. Naturally this tends to give rise to speculation on the depth of Barrie's feelings for the boys, but Tatar, like every other writer and dramatist who has tried, can provide no definitive answer. There are many wonderful pictures of Barrie, his family, and his proteges, along with other illustrations that enhance our enjoyment. There are also long segments devoted to illustrations by various artists, including Arthur Rackham's beautiful contributions, and reprints of Barrie's introduction to one edition and his scenario for a proposed film. Most importantly, Barrie's photographic memoir of a summer spent with the Llewellyn Davies family, The Boy Castaways of Black Lake Island, is reprinted here, as it should be since it was one of the origins of the story that became Peter Pan.

This opulent and densely illustrated volume does full justice to the original story and to its creator and his inspirations. It ably reintroduces its readers to a classic that has become better known in its dramatic versions than in its originals.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars We're off to Neverland and you're invited for the behind-the-scenes tour. 31 Dec 2011
By Krista - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
As a long-time lover of the animated film and the Hook remake, I was aglow with fairy dust when co-recommending this book to my book club. Not only did it present an opportunity to read the original Peter Pan story, it also offered insights to the original play (and it's many variations over the seasons) along with historical notes, translations, and biographical details. With beautiful illustrations, stories behind the story, and shared communications from Barrie's contemporaries, fans, critics, and even those who lived beyond his time, this centennial edition brings a magical adventure into reality while also allowing it to maintain it's child-like glee.

Having never read Peter Pan previously and having just come off of reading Brom's re-imagining in The Child Thief, I was surprised to find I knew so much about Pan and Barrie, and I was also delighted to still see the magic beyond the sinister undertones. Sure Pan is riddled with child stealing, pirate killing, a strong dislike of parents, and racial offenses, yet it's also filled with play, creativity, imagination, and a call to believe. If one takes the story at face value, as being a magical bedtime tale for children then it's easy to see how Pan, Wendy, Hook, Smee, and the ticking Croc have captured the hearts of so many.

And now for me, I'm off to follow the second star to the right and straight on til morning. Of course, you know my destination. ;o)
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding read on the origins of Peter Pan! 27 Mar 2014
By CARLA BAKER - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
It is a delightful book. I gave it to my granddaughter for her 19th birthday. She is a budding actress & a drama major. She couldn't have been happier!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bought for friend, she LOVES it 12 Mar 2014
By Desiree - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Huge Peter Pan fanatic friend LOVES it. Has everything about every PP movie, play, history, etc. I got the signed version, so that was a bigger bonus! has pictures, annotations, and everything a PP fan would want.
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