PETER PAN Biography - Fictional, Iconical & Mythological characters


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Name: Peter Pan                                                                   
Peter Pan is a character created by Scottish novelist and playwright J. M.         
Barrie (1860-1937). A mischievous boy who flies and magically refuses to grow up, 
Peter Pan spends his never-ending childhood adventuring on the small island of     
Neverland as the leader of his gang the Lost Boys, interacting with fairies and   
pirates, and from time to time meeting ordinary children from the world outside.   
The character first appeared in a section of The Little White Bird, a 1902 novel   
for adults, which was reprinted separately in 1906 as the children's book Peter   
Pan in Kensington Gardens. The character's best-known adventure debuted on 27     
December 1904, in the stage play Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up.       
This story was adapted and expanded somewhat as a novel, published in 1911 as     
Peter and Wendy, and later as Peter Pan and Wendy. He was named Peter "Pan"       
because there was a Greek god of music called "Pan", and Peter plays an           
instrument called 'the pipes of pan.'                                             
Peter Pan has appeared in numerous adaptations, sequels, and prequels since then, 
including the widely known 1953 animated feature film Walt Disney's Peter Pan,     
various stage musicals, live-action feature films Hook (1991) and Peter Pan (2003),
and the authorized sequel novel Peter Pan in Scarlet (2006). He has also           
appeared in works not authorized by the holders of the character's copyright,     
which has lapsed in most parts of the world.                                       
There are seven statues of Peter Pan playing a set of pipes, cast from a mould     
by sculptor George Frampton, following an original commission by Barrie in 1912.   
The statues are in Kensington Gardens in London, England; Liverpool, England;     
Brussels, Belgium; Camden, New Jersey, United States; Perth, Western Australia;   
Toronto, Ontario, Canada; and St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada. A new bronze       
statue by Diarmuid Byron O'Connor was commissioned by Great Ormond Street         
Hospital in 2000, showing Peter blowing fairy dust. A limited edition of it has   
been created to raise money for the children's charity.