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The Annotated Peter Pan

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By J. M. Barrie, Maria Tatar (Editor)
$39.95
ISBN: 9780393066005
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - October 11th, 2011

If you read this story as a child, and even if you didn’t, this work is a revelation. Many books written for children are, as Tatar says, “encoded with adult matters,” but the matters buried in this classic are often startling in their scope. Captain Hook emerges as quite a tortured graduate of Eton, where he read poetry, and Mr. Darling is a mere child. The tale overall is darkly Victorian. Tatar provides useful insights into the life of J,M. Barrie, Peter’s creator, and the five “lost” boys he adopted. The cinematic survey and the section “J.M Barrie and Peter Pan in the World” are equally riveting.

Joan


Lives and Letters

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ISBN: 9780374298821
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Published: Farrar Straus Giroux - April 26th, 2011

Gottlieb (formerly editor in chief of Simon and Schuster and editor of The New Yorker) has collected here his remarkable sketches (and then some) of well-known figures mostly from the literary and entertainment worlds. The first, and longer, section takes us into the (often intimate) lives of people whose names we all know, from Judy Garland and Harry Houdini to Bruno Bettelheim and the Mitfords. The Letters include an essay on the crime novels of two First Daughters (“White House Whodunits”) and “Analyze That: H.D., Bryher, and Freud”—all are witty, informative, and, of course, beautifully written. A lot of fun with, at imes, a delicious whiff of gossip.

Joan


Young Romantics The Shelleys, Byron, and Other Tangled Lives

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ISBN: 9780374532932
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Published: Farrar Straus Giroux - March 29th, 2011

Drawing upon documents found as recently as 1991, Hay describes in deeply satisfying detail the emotional and commercial interconnectedness of a group of talented young  people, whose philosophical and political beliefs brought them together when all were well under 30. Her use of their extensive correspondence is so successful one feels one is overhearing their conversations at breakfast. The later fabrications and exaggerations of some of the principle players are stripped away, and we learn not only the real story, but the motivations for invention.

Joan


In the Land of the Grasshopper Song

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ISBN: 9780803267039
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Published: Bison Books - November 1st, 1980

In 1908, two young women traveled from New Jersey to Northern California, where they spent the next two years living with the Karoks, “bow-and-arrow Indians [who] had no knowledge of textiles or pottery.” They kept a written record of their days there, and their appreciation for the customs of the native population is an antidote to the prejudice they met among the white descendants of the 1852 gold rush. They were extremely brave, often risking their lives, yet their account is delightful in its self-deprecating humor and, above all, their deep attachment to the individuals with whom they lived.

Joan


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