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The Annotated Peter Pan (The Centennial Edition) (The Annotated Books) Hardcover – October 11, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-0393066005 ISBN-10: 0393066002 Edition: The Centennial Edition

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Product Details

  • Series: The Annotated Books
  • Hardcover: 504 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; The Centennial Edition edition (October 11, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393066002
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393066005
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 0.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,988 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The juxtaposition of so many Peters only emphasizes the book's timelessness, making The Annotated Peter Pan as effective a vessel as fairy dust and lovely thoughts for immediate transport to Neverland.--National Post

"While Martin Gardner's groundbreaking "The Annotated Alice: 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland' and 'Through the Looking-Glass' " remains the nonpareil of the genre, I would place Tatar's "The Annotated Peter Pan" a close second." Michael Dirda, Washington Post

“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)

About the Author

J. M. Barrie (1860-1937) was a Scottish author and dramatist, best remembered today as the creator of Peter Pan.

Maria Tatar chairs the Program in Folklore and Mythology at Harvard University. She is the author of Enchanted Hunters: The Power of Stories in Childhood, Off with Their Heads! Fairy Tales and the Culture of Childhood and many other books on folklore and fairy stories. She is also the editor and translator of The Annotated Hans Christian Andersen, The Annotated Brothers Grimm, The Annotated Classic Fairy Tales, The Annotated Peter Pan, The Classic Fairy Tales: A Norton Critical Edition and The Grimm Reader. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Customer Reviews

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By wogan TOP 500 REVIEWER on November 6, 2011
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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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By John D. Cofield TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 31, 2011
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.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Krista on December 30, 2011
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)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Allen Smalling TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 6, 2015
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This delightful hardcover book is attractive and due to its size, has great "read-aloud" potential. Even so, it's a fairly erudite work with columnar annotation that helps explain J.M. Barrie's original novel PETER PAN AND WENDY (here known simply as PETER PAN). Little kids will enjoy listening to it; interested adults will enjoy unpacking the book's many strangenesses to us moderns (partly due to the Edwardian era it took place in, partly due to Barrie's take on things) at a remove of over a hundred years. If you want a book that will last, eschew the cheaper paperbacks and buy this one. It's well worth the money.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 31, 2014
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Wonderful pictures, jammed full of info and all of Barries Peter stories. I only wish it had a map of neverland, but besides that it's perect for a due hard fan!
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