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The Real Peter Pan : the Tragic Life of Michael Llewelyn Davies.

Author: Piers Dudgeon
Publisher: New York : Biteback Publishing, 2015.
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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 #x91;little half-and-half' #x96; 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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Drama
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Dudgeon, Piers.
Real Peter Pan : The Tragic Life of Michael Llewelyn Davies.
New York : Biteback Publishing, ©2015
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Piers Dudgeon
ISBN: 9781849549257 1849549257
OCLC Number: 1058389901
Description: 1 online resource (535 pages)
Contents: Cover; Title Page; Contents; Epigraph; Foreword; Chapter One: 1905: An Awfully Big Adventure; Chapter Two: 1860-1900: A Rich Harvest of Possibility; Chapter Three: 1895: A Key to Kensington Gardens; Chapter Four: 1897: Spellbound; Chapter Five: 1897: Barrie Comes Out; Chapter Six: 1897-99: Lost Boy; Chapter Seven: 1900: Peter and Michael Break Through; Chapter Eight: 1901-03: Island Games; Chapter Nine: 1901-03: Unrest Within the Family; Chapter Ten: 1903-04: The Real Play; Chapter Eleven: 1904-05: Arthur's Retreat; Chapter Twelve: 1905-07: Death Takes a Hand. Chapter Thirteen: 1906: Barrie's ScotlandChapter Fourteen: 1907: The Widow Sylvia; Chapter Fifteen: 1908: Dependence and Uncertainty; Chapter Sixteen: 1909: Mind Games and Manoeuvres; Chapter Seventeen: 1910: No Idle Steer; Chapter Eighteen: 1910-11: Scourie: Learning to Fly; Chapter Nineteen: 1912: The Outer Hebrides: Catching Mary Rose; Chapter Twenty: 1913-14: Broken to Eton; Chapter Twenty-One: 1914-15: Loving, J.M.B.; Chapter Twenty-Two: 1915: The Blue Bird of Happiness; Chapter Twenty-Three: 1916-17: Home Fires Burning; Chapter Twenty-Four: 1917-18: Michael Turns Away. Chapter Twenty-Five: 1918: The Real Peter PanChapter Twenty-Six: 1918: Within the Gothic Chamber; Chapter Twenty-Seven: 1919: Oxford; Chapter Twenty-Eight: 1919: Garsington; Chapter Twenty-Nine: 1920: Romance; Chapter Thirty: 1920: Michael Breaks Out; Chapter Thirty-One: 1920: Between Earth and Paradise; Chapter Thirty-Two: 1920-21: Barrie Gets His Way; Chapter Thirty-Three: 1921: Disposal; Afterword; Acknowledgements; Sources; A, B, C; Index; D, E, F; G, H, I; J, K, L; M, N, O; P, Q, R; S, T, U; V, W, X; Y, Z; Plates; Copyright.

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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 #x91;little half-and-half' #x96; 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 #x91;The One'. Touched by his grandfather George du Maurier's #x91;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 #x96; themselves the inspiration for Mr and Mrs Darling in the play #x96; died one after the other, leaving the brothers orphans and real #x91;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.

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