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Publication of Peter and Wendy

"Second star to the right and straight on 'til morning!"

Peter Pan; or, the Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up by Scottish playwright and author J. M. Barrie, was first performed this day in the form of a 1904 play and later published in novel form in 1911. This beloved childhood story with its tales of Lost Boys, flying children, fairies, mermaids and pirates, is also credited with popularizing the formerly nonexistent name "Wendy." Supposedly, the name was inspired from the nickname fwendy "friend", given to the author by a young girl couldn't pronounce her "f"s and "r"s. 📙 ✍️ 🧚‍♂️ 🏴‍🐊 ⭐

Peter and Wendy - The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up is J. M. Barrie's most famous work, first produced in the form of a 1904 play and subsequently in the 1911 novel.  

 

Both versions tell the story of Peter Pan, a mischievous yet innocent boy who can magically fly with the help of his fairy friend Tinker Bell and lives on the island of Neverland which is inhabited by mermaids, fairies, Native American Indians and pirates!  Peter sometimes returns to London to listen to bedtime stories told by Wendy Darling, a young girl on the verge of growing up.  Peter convinces Wendy and her two brothers to fly away with him to Neverland to meet his tribe of Lost Boys, where encounter the infamous pirate Captain Hook. 


Sir James Matthew Barrie (1860 –1937) was a Scottish novelist and playwright born and educated in Scotland. While living in London, he met the young Llewelyn Davies brothers in Kensington Gardens, and developed a friendship with the family.  Inspired by the boys' fantasy play, he created stories which later became the basis for Peter Pan. He is also credited with popularising the then-uncommon name Wendy.


In 1929, Barrie gave the copyright of the Peter Pan works to London's Great Ormond Street Children' Hospital for which this tartan was designed. 


For some of the famous Peter Pan inspired sites and curios within Kensington Gardens, click the painting of Peter Pan flying with Wendy, John, Michael, and Tinkerbell!