The character of Peter Pan first came to life in the stories J. M. Barrie told to five brothers -- three of whom were named Peter, John, and Michael. Peter Pan is considered one of the greatest children's stories of all time and continues to charm readers one hundred years after its first appearance as a play in 1904.
J.M. Barrie, the son of a weaver, was born near Dundee, Scotland, in 1860. He was a journalist and novelist and began writing for the stage in 1892. Peter Pan
, first produced in London on December 27, 1904, was an immediate success. The story of Peter Pan
first appeared in book form (titled Peter and Wendy
, and later Peter Pan and Wendy
) in 1911. Barrie died in 1937, bequeathing the copyright of Peter Pan
to the Great Ormond Street Hospital in London, a hospital for children.
Susan Cooper is the recipient of the Margaret A. Edwards Award for Lifetime Achievement. Her classic five-book fantasy sequence The Dark Is Rising won the Newbery Medal and a Newbery Honor and has sold millions of copies worldwide. She is also the author of Victory
, a Booklist
Top Ten Historical Fiction for Youth book and a Washington Post
Top Ten for Children novel; King of Shadows
, a Boston Globe-Horn Book
Award Honor book; The Boggart
; Ghost Hawk; and many other acclaimed novels for young readers and listeners. She lives in Massachusetts, and you can visit her online at TheLostLand.com.