Peter Pan, the "boy who would not grow up," originally appeared as a baby living a magical life among birds and fairies in J.M. Barrie's sequence of stories, Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens. His later role as flying boy hero was brought to the stage by Barrie in the beloved play Peter Pan, which opened in 1904 and became the novel Peter and Wendy in 1911. In a narrative filled with vivid characters, epic battles, pirates, fairies, and fantastic imagination, Peter Pan's adventures capture the spirit of childhood-and of rebellion against the role of adulthood in conventional society.
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Though not the first novel she wrote, Sense and Sensibility was the first Jane Austen published. Though she initially called it Elinor and Marianne, Austen jettisoned both the title and the epistolary mode in which it was originally written, but kept the essential theme: the necessity of finding a workable middle ground between passion and reason. The story revolves around the Dashwood sisters, Elinor and Marianne. Whereas the former is a sensible, rational creature, her younger sister is wildly romantic--a characteristic that offers Austen plenty of scope for both satire and compassion. Commenting on Edward Ferrars, a potential suitor for Elinor's hand, Marianne admits that while she "loves him tenderly", she finds him disappointing as a possible lover for her sister:
Oh! Mama, how spiritless, how tame was Edward's manner in reading to us last night! I felt for my sister most severely. Yet she bore it with so much composure, she seemed scarcely to notice it. I could hardly keep my seat. To hear those beautiful lines which have frequently almost driven me wild, pronounced with such impenetrable calmness, such dreadful indifference!Soon, however, Marianne meets a man who measures up to her ideal: Mr Willoughby, a new neighbour. So swept away by passion is Marianne that her behaviour begins to border on the scandalous. Then Willoughby abandons her; meanwhile, Elinor's growing affection for Edward suffers a check when he admits he is secretly engaged to a childhood sweetheart. misfortunes and the lessons they draw before coming finally to the requisite happy ending forms the heart of the novel. Though Marianne's disregard for social conventions and willingness to consider the world well-lost for love may appeal to modern readers, it is Elinor whom Austen herself most evidently admired; a truly happy marriage, she shows us, exists only where sense and sensibility meet and mix in proper measure. -- Alix Wilber, Amazon.com Review:
A remarkable artist and author whose picture books should be on every child's shelf. (The Times)
Shirley Hughes is the doyenne of the picture book world. (TES)
Christmas is the time for beautiful new editions of classics. With evident delight, Shirley Hughes has reillustrated Peter Pan and Wendy. With her dark-haired Wendy, elfin, androgynous Peter and menacing Hook, Hughes reminds us how much black and white drawings can enhance a story (The Sunday Times)
It combines the magic of dreams and the stuff of nightmares making it perfect bedtime reading!... a splendid present... (Carousel)
delightful line drawings... This book is an exuberance of delight. (School Librarian)
In this edition, the magic story is accompanied by the equally classic drawings of award winning and much loved illustrator Shilrey Hughes. (Books for Keeps)
Shirley Hughes' black pen and ink illustrations take us back to the story's Edwardian origins while the conversational, personal narrative makes this a perfect family book to read aloud over the holidays. (Cork Evening Echo)
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Book Description Penguin Classics, 2007. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110140623493
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