Author(s): J. M. Barrie
Peter Pan, the boy who refused to grow up, is one of the immortals of children's literature. J. M. Barrie first created Peter Pan as a baby, living in secret with the birds and fairies in the middle of London, but as the children for whom he invented the stories grew older, so too did Peter, reappearing in Neverland, where he was aided in his epic battles with Red Indians and pirates by the motherly and resourceful Wendy Darling. F. D. Bedford's wonderful illustrations have been beautifully coloured by Barbara Frith, one of Britain's leading colourists.
James M. Barrie was born in 1860, the ninth of ten children of hard-working parents in Scotland's jute-weaving industry. Fascinated by stories of her own life told him by his mother, he was determined to write, finding work on the "Nottingham Journal" after graduating from Edinburgh University. In 1885, he moved to London as a freelance writer and successfully sold the "Auld Licht Idylls," a volume based on his mother's tales. By the time "Peter Pan" opened on the London stage in 1904, Barrie had written more than thirty novels and plays, many autobiographical, and several of them major hits such as "The Little Minister, Quality Street" and "The Admirable Crichton." Knighted and awarded the Order of Merit, he continued writing into old age. He died in 1937.