The Annotated Peter Pan

Maria Tatar, chair of the Program in Folklore and Mythology at Harvard University, discusses editing The Annotated Peter Pan. She talks about what makes the story the perfect escape fantasy, which appeals to children and adults. This volume includes period photographs, full-color images by iconic illustrators, commentary on stage and screen versions, and J. M. Barrie's screenplay for a silent film.

J. M. Barrie and Luath, 1904 (Beineke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University)
J. M. Barrie and Luath, 1904 (Beineke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University)

Reprinted from The Annotated Peter Pan: The Centennial Edition by J. M. Barrie, edited with an introduction and notes by Maria Tatar © 2011. Used with permission of the publisher, W.W. Norton & Company, Inc.

Mabel Lucie Attwell, Peter Pan and Wendy, 1921. Peter and Wendy on Marooners' Rock. (Lucie Attwell Ltd. Courtesy of Vicki Thomas Associates)
Mabel Lucie Attwell, Peter Pan and Wendy, 1921. Peter and Wendy on Marooners' Rock. (Lucie Attwell Ltd. Courtesy of Vicki Thomas Associates)

Reprinted from The Annotated Peter Pan: The Centennial Edition by J. M. Barrie, edited with an introduction and notes by Maria Tatar © 2011. Used with permission of the publisher, W.W. Norton & Company, Inc.

Illustration from Peter and Wendy by F. D. Bedford (published by Charles Scribner's Sons in 1911)
Illustration from Peter and Wendy by F. D. Bedford (published by Charles Scribner's Sons in 1911)

Reprinted from The Annotated Peter Pan: The Centennial Edition by J. M. Barrie, edited with an introduction and notes by Maria Tatar © 2011. Used with permission of the publisher, W.W. Norton & Company, Inc.

"Let Him Keep Who Can." Illustration from Peter and Wendy by F. D. Bedford (published by Charles Scribner's Sons in 1911)
"Let Him Keep Who Can." Illustration from Peter and Wendy by F. D. Bedford (published by Charles Scribner's Sons in 1911)

Reprinted from The Annotated Peter Pan: The Centennial Edition by J. M. Barrie, edited with an introduction and notes by Maria Tatar © 2011. Used with permission of the publisher, W.W. Norton & Company, Inc.

"Peter put his strange case before old Solomon Caw." Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens, 1906, illustrated by Arthur Rackham.
"Peter put his strange case before old Solomon Caw." Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens, 1906, illustrated by Arthur Rackham.

Reprinted from The Annotated Peter Pan: The Centennial Edition by J. M. Barrie, edited with an introduction and notes by Maria Tatar © 2011. Used with permission of the publisher, W.W. Norton & Company, Inc.

 "Fairies are all more or less in hiding until dusk." Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens, 1906, illustrated by Arthur Rackham.
"Fairies are all more or less in hiding until dusk." Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens, 1906, illustrated by Arthur Rackham.

Reprinted from The Annotated Peter Pan: The Centennial Edition by J. M. Barrie, edited with an introduction and notes by Maria Tatar © 2011. Used with permission of the publisher, W.W. Norton & Company, Inc.

The Boy Castaways cover (Beineke Rare Book and Manuscript Library)
The Boy Castaways cover (Beineke Rare Book and Manuscript Library)

Reprinted from The Annotated Peter Pan: The Centennial Edition by J. M. Barrie, edited with an introduction and notes by Maria Tatar © 2011. Used with permission of the publisher, W.W. Norton & Company, Inc.

"Jack hung suspended between heaven and earth." From The Boy Castaways of Black Lake Island, by J. M. Barrie (Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library)
"Jack hung suspended between heaven and earth." From The Boy Castaways of Black Lake Island, by J. M. Barrie (Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library)

Reprinted from The Annotated Peter Pan: The Centennial Edition by J. M. Barrie, edited with an introduction and notes by Maria Tatar © 2011. Used with permission of the publisher, W.W. Norton & Company, Inc.

Sir George James Frampton, Peter Pan, 1912. Bronze statue in Kensington Gardens, London. (Courtesy of the Bridgeman Art Library)
Sir George James Frampton, Peter Pan, 1912. Bronze statue in Kensington Gardens, London. (Courtesy of the Bridgeman Art Library)

Reprinted from The Annotated Peter Pan: The Centennial Edition by J. M. Barrie, edited with an introduction and notes by Maria Tatar © 2011. Used with permission of the publisher, W.W. Norton & Company, Inc.

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