Neverland: J. M. Barrie, the du Mauriers, and the Dark Side of Peter Pan [NOOK Book]

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The untold story of Peter Pan: the shocking account of J.M. Barrie’s abuse and exploitation of the Du Maurier family In his revelatory Neverland, Piers Dudgeon tells the tragic story of J.M. Barrie and the Du Maurier family. Barrie’s fascination and obsession with the Du Maurier family is a shocking study of greed and psychological abuse, and his compulsion to dominate was so apparent to those around him that D. H. Lawrence once wrote: J. ...
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Neverland: J. M. Barrie, the du Mauriers, and the Dark Side of Peter Pan

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Overview

The untold story of Peter Pan: the shocking account of J.M. Barrie’s abuse and exploitation of the Du Maurier family In his revelatory Neverland, Piers Dudgeon tells the tragic story of J.M. Barrie and the Du Maurier family. Barrie’s fascination and obsession with the Du Maurier family is a shocking study of greed and psychological abuse, and his compulsion to dominate was so apparent to those around him that D. H. Lawrence once wrote: J. M. Barrie has a fatal touch for those he loves. They die.
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Library Journal
Dudgeon (The Woman of Substance: The Secret Life That Inspired the Renowned Storyteller Barbara Taylor Bradford) explores the relationship between J.M. Barrie, the author of Peter Pan, and the Du Maurier family. Dudgeon has extensively researched the literary work of George and Daphne Du Maurier and Barrie to draw parallels between their works and their real lives; he also uses archival material such as letters and third-party accounts. Dudgeon argues that Barrie had a close relationship with the Du Maurier boys, and he drew on this relationship in the creation of Peter Pan. Dudgeon also portrays Barrie as a dark and troubled man who may have used hypnotism to gain an obsessive control over the Du Maurier boys and their mother. He goes on to look at Barrie's link to the tragic demise of the boys, from the drowning of Michael to the suicide of Peter. VERDICT Given its detail and extensive reference to the literary works of Barrie and the Du Mauriers, this will appeal most to those with a specific interest in these authors.—Rebecca Bollen Manalac, Sydney, Australia\
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Adopting both the general notion and the melodramatic tone of D.H. Lawrence's famous comment-"J.M. Barrie has a fatal touch for those he loves. They die"-Dudgeon (Our East End: Memories of Life in Disappearing Britain, 2008, etc.) presents the author of Peter Pan as a crippled soul who deliberately manipulated the lives and psyches of numerous associates and children. Why? Not for sex-the author dismisses this notion out of hand-but in compensation for a childhood so "bereft of wonder" that he was left incapable of any genuine ability to love. How? Through hypnosis and autosuggestion, techniques inspired by Svengali, the villain in George Du Maurier's novel Trilby. Who? Dudgeon trots in a large company over whom Barrie "extend[ed] his malign power," including but not limited to the five "Lost Boys" of that same Du Maurier's daughter Sylvia, his son Gerald Du Maurier, Gerald's daughter Daphne and, for variety, the doomed explorer Robert Scott. All did indeed die young, commit suicide and/or suffer lifelong emotional problems. Furthermore, the author ups the body count by suggesting that Barrie played a hushed-up role in the accidental death of his older brother in childhood. The evidence for this, as for Dudgeon's entire thesis, is at best circumstantial. Aside from sure proof, presented in a pair of photos, that Barrie altered Sylvia's will to give him guardianship over the boys, it's all based on suppositions, uneasy comments or dark hints by contemporaries, bald guesses and supposedly telling parallels between fleshly characters and those in either Barrie's works or various of the Du Mauriers' "autobiographical psycho-novels."Nowhere near a cut-and-dried case, but plausible enoughto leave readers-particularly those who found Peter Pan disquieting (which it is)-wondering.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781453218211
  • Publisher: Pegasus Books
  • Publication date: 7/12/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 610,796
  • File size: 5 MB

Meet the Author

Piers Dudgeon worked closely with Daphne du Maurier on her book Enchanted Cornwall. He began his research on Neverland after learning that Daphne had placed a moratorium on her diaries until fifty years after her death. He lives in London.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2013

    Previos review

    While the previous review was not helpful for this book, the Witch & Wizard by Patterson and Charbonnet is a very fun and twisty sci fi futuristic novel. I agree with that reviewer, try it. My rating is for that novel actually!

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    Posted September 20, 2012

    Willa Swain

    Just post your description, magical powers, etc. The N.O. has risen against all magical beings, even worse then before. Pearce was not killed in the Shadowland, and he is more powerful than ever. A generation has passed. I am the daughter of Wisteria Allgood and Byron Swain. If anyone hopes to survive, they'd join me in the new resistance. DESCRIPTION: I have wild long red hair, a shade darker than my mothers. My eyes are icy blue and I am fourteen. I am pale and tall, but skinny and not very strong in terms of muscle, I am sort of dainty looking but I have a feisty attitude when it comes to kicking butt.

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