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17. Peter Pan

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By Matteo Bernardini https://www.facebook.com/matteo.bernardini1

Peter Pan is closely related to Christmas festivities.

Its author James Matthew Barrie put it on stage for the first time on December 26, 1904 at the Duke of York’s Theatre in London, thus starting a long and fruitful tradition: the play was in fact presented to the audiences (and constantly revised by its creator) every year at Christmas until the beginning of World War II.

Because of the instant popularity of the play Barrie decided to publish a children’s book about his successful character, based on some chapters from his previous novel The Little White Bird: the result was Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens, printed in a precious edition with lavish illustrations by Arthur Rackham. The volume became available at Christmas 1906 and turned into an instant best-seller.

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