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The Real Peter Pan

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His elder brother Peter may have been more aptly named for the part, but it was Michael, the fourth son of Sylvia and Arthur Llewe... Lire la suite
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His elder brother Peter may have been more aptly named for the part, but it was Michael, the fourth son of Sylvia and Arthur Llewelyn Davies, who was the original 'little half-and-half' - the half-human, half-supernatural Peter Pan, who hopes never to be compelled to grow up and face life's harsh realities. The playwright struck up a friendship with Michael's three older brothers after he encountered them playing in London's Kensington Gardens, an area that would become the first location for the Neverland of his most enduring work. But soon it was Michael who was 'The One'. Touched by his grandfather George du Maurier's 'sixth sense', Michael lived the fantasy life more intensely than any of them, even participating in a hauntingly accurate prediction of events to come as Peter Pan daring himself to drown in the mermaids' lagoon, fascinated by the prospect of an afterlife. Nightmares and an unnatural terror of water ensued, but no one intervened or thought to stop the obvious root to his subconscious fears. Indeed, when Michael's parents - themselves the inspiration for Mr and Mrs Darling in the play - died one after the other, leaving the brothers orphans and real 'Lost Boys', Barrie's involvement was so entrenched that the enigmatic, and by now very rich, playwright offered himself up as guardian. As the years went by, Michael and Barrie became ever closer, their Neverland transferring to the Highlands and islands of Scotland, where, still driven by the need to write from life, Barrie's other-worldly preoccupations steered their fantasy life afresh. Until one day it seemed to Michael time to break free. A true story of friendship, love and childhood innocence, shot through with joy, but terminated by tragedy, The Real Peter Pan is the moving story of a boy who would never grow up.


Piers Dudgeon is the author of more than thirty works of non-fiction. He worked for ten years as an editor in London before starting his own company producing books with authors as diverse as John Fowles, Catherine Cookson, Peter Ackroyd, Daphne du Maurier, Shirley Conran and Ted Hughes. Subsequently, he left London for Yorkshire, where he wrote a number of books evocative of the spirit of place and, among many biographies, Captivated: J. M. Barrie, the Du Mauriers & the Dark Side of Neverland (2008), which for the first time showed the depth of influence that the life and work of George du Maurier had upon J. M. Barrie, and Barrie himself had on the following generations of the du Maurier family, in particular on George's granddaughter, Daphne du Maurier.

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Titre: The Real Peter Pan
Sous-titre: The Tragic Life of Michael Llewelyn Davies
Code EAN: 9781849549257
ISBN: 978-1-84954-925-7
Protection contre la copie numérique: Adobe DRM
Format: eBook (epub)
Editeur: Biteback Publishing
Genre: Linguistique et sciences de la littérature
nombre de pages: 416
Parution: 21.04.2015
Année: 2015
Sous-titre: Englisch
Taille de fichier: 4.2 MB