Today is the 78th anniversary of the death of J. M. Barrie.
Do you know who J. M. Barrie is? Even if you don’t know the name there are few people in the Western world who cannot name at least one of his works thanks to the power of Walt Disney.
Here’s some hints:
The film adaptation was released in 1953.
It featured a boy.
And a girl.
And several more boys.
And a fairy.
And a pirate.
Yep it’s Peter Pan the boy who never grew up!
First released as a play in 1904, Peter Pan was written by Scottish novelist and playwright J. M. Barrie who died on July 19, 1937. Although most people know the Disney version of the story, did you know that Peter was initially intended to be the true villain of the story? Or that Captain Hook was only supposed to be a fill-in character to use up time so the set could be changed?
Or that the character of Peter Pan originally appeared in a short story in a book called The Little White Bird? Or that the character of Peter is traditionally played by a girl?
You can find out a lot of information about Barrie from the various encyclopaedias and reference works we subscribe to. Why not have a stroll through the entries in Credo?
Why not read the book (or the play, or the story), available both in print and eBook, and read for yourself the original stories of the boy who never grew up.