Readers' Review: "Peter Pan" by J.M. Barrie

Readers' Review: "Peter Pan" by J.M. Barrie

For October's Readers’ Review: the story of the boy who never grew up: “Peter Pan” by J. M. Barrie. One hundred years after the novel was first published we discuss why the novel continues to captivate children and adults alike.

J. M. Barrie’s “Peter Pan”, the story of a mischievous boy who could never grow up, has been immortalized on the stage, in fiction, and even in film. This year marks the hundredth anniversary of the novel. From his first appearance, the appeal of Peter Pan has been inter-generational. His home on the island of Neverland was populated with lost boys, mermaids, Indians, pirates, and of course fairies. Children relished his adventures; adults enjoyed the story as a parable of lost youth. For this month’s readers’ review we discuss why, much like Peter himself, the book has never aged.


Maria Tatar

chair of the Program in Folklore and Mythology at Harvard University and editor of "The Annotated Peter Pan."

John Glavin

professor of English, Georgetown University.

Jillian Finkle

program manager, theater and early childhood, National Children's Museum.

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Reprinted from The Annotated Peter Pan: The Centennial Edition by J. M. Barrie, Edited with an Introduction and Notes by Maria Tata (c) 2011. Used with permission of the publisher, W.W. Norton & Company, Inc.:

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