Peter Pan | Study Guide

J.M. Barrie

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J.M. Barrie

Year published



Children's Book


Adventure, Fantasy

Perspective and Narrator

Most of Peter Pan is written in third-person omniscient narration. The unnamed narrator sometimes addresses readers directly using the second-person you, and even on occasion refers to himself in the first person. However, it isn't until near the end of the book that the narrator actually identifies himself as the author. Until then, it is not clear who the narrator is.


The book is written in a mix of the present and the past tenses.

About the Title

When it was first published in 1911, this book was known as Peter Pan and Wendy. It is a novelization of a hit stage play first performed in London in 1904 titled Peter Pan or The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up. This longer version of the title vividly captures the essence of the story, both in book and play form. The story of Peter Pan concerns a fantasy character who chooses to remain a boy forever. He is always searching for a girl to act as a mother to him.


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