[A quick note before I start the post - Dear Anonymous who pointed out that Kriemhild may be sporting a beard - oh my gosh I think you're right!! You had me laughing out loud. Dear Sisters - I laughed so hard at your comment boxes that I almost wet my pants.]
Ahem...now...where was I?
Oh, yes, hello dear Tuli!
I am so very pleased that you wanted to have a look at Peter Pan, because it is one of the books which I set aside when first unpacking the library boxes, and I read it almost immediately.
Interesting that you mention A.A. Milne, because I believe that J.M Barrie and Milne were friends, in fact I think I remember reading that they both played on a cricket team together with Sir Conan Doyle. Really!
The text of this edition of Peter Pan is based on the 1928 Library Edition of the play. In its introduction you will find a selection of notes which Barrie made when first exploring his ideas for such a story, for example:
14 October 1903
No one has grown up ideas (not parents or anyone).
'Mother, how did you get to know us?' (or we to know you?)
Parents looking at children in bed...
Peter is sprite inveigling children away from becoming grown up?
Peter says nothing really means anything - whirls & skips in middle of sad & serious scenes &c - just because must whirl & skip - mustn't think.
Dog commissioned by mother to keep them in bed - he does so as usual like a nurse.
The horror of growing up root of P...
Girl cd be called Wendy....
Are you loving this as much as I am? The notes actually go on and on, this is just a very small sampling for your pleasure.
There then follows "A Dedication - To The Five" by Barrie. 'The Five' were George, Jack, Peter, Michael and Nico Llewelyn Davies, and he writes to them: "I suppose that I always knew that I made Peter by rubbing the five of you violently together, as savages with two sticks produce a flame. That is all he is, the spark I got from you."
Here is the front cover of the book, it looks black in the photo but it is really a deep, deep blue: