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Peter Pan

(Peter and Wendy)

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Author: James M. Barrie
Published: 1904
Language: English
Wordcount: 47,437 / 140 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 79
LoC Category: PZ
Downloads: 28,313 907
License: ©

This edition of Peter Pan has been created in the United States of America from a comparison of various editions determined by age to be in the Public Domain in the United States. There are questions concerning the copyright status in other countries, particulary in members or former members of the British Commonwealth. Anyone who can contribute information as to the copyrights status of earliest editions is encouraged to do so. For the present, this edition of Peter Pan is restricted to the United States, and is not to be for use or included in any storage or retrieval system in any country, other than the United States of America. To assist in the preservation of this edition in proper usage, our edition is claimed as copyright (c)1991 due to our preparations of several sources, our own research, and the inclusions of additions and explanations to the original sources.

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eateningly, and off he went again. "Mumps one pound, that is what I have put down, but I daresay it will be more like thirty shillings -- don't speak -- measles one five, German measles half a guinea, makes two fifteen six -- don't waggle your finger -- whooping-cough, say fifteen shillings" -- and so on it went, and it added up differently each time; but at last Wendy just got through, with mumps reduced to twelve six, and the two kinds of measles treated as one.

There was the same excitement over John, and Michael had even a narrower squeak; but both were kept, and soon, you might have seen the three of them going in a row to Miss Fulsom's Kindergarten school, accompanied by their nurse.

Mrs. Darling loved to have everything just so, and Mr. Darling had a passion for being exactly like his neighbours; so, of course, they had a nurse. As they were poor, owing to the amount of milk the children drank, this nurse was a prim Newfoundland dog, called Nana, who had belonged to no one in particular un

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 4.6 from 9 reviews: *****
Toby Rutland

Please consider that JM Barrie wanted The Royal Ormand St Children\'s hospital to receive royalties from this book. Maybe consider a donation if you enjoy the book.


To clarify what JD said a couple of years ago, the play, as well as the book, is in th ePublic Domain. I have to pay a licence fee if I want to do anything with the play, but other than that, there is no copyright on Peter Pan.

The book version of Peter Pan has been Public Domain in the UK since 01/01/2008. The Great Ormond Street Hospital for Sick Children has perpetual royalties on the play. Google 'Copyrights, Designs and Patents Act 1988 Schedule 6' for more info.


I think you'll find the copyright was extended instead of going into the public domain when it usually would have. The royalties have supported a children's hospital in London since JM Barrie's death and that's why they made the unusual exception to the rules in the UK.


Still one of my favorite stories of all time. A children's book that is still immensely applicable to adulthood. Fantastic.

Jason A. Quest

Some corrections:

The cover shown is for Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens, which is a different book (reprinting Peter's "origin story" from the earlier book "The Little White Bird").

The actual title of this book was "Peter and Wendy", later "Peter Pan and Wendy".

The book was published in 1911, not 1904 (which was the year the original stage version was first performed).


Thank you for making this magical classic available to all! "I *do* believe in fairies!"

Tran Anh Nhi

Thanks for your site... Thanks for having let me downloading this interesting novel for free. I've just seen the film and decided to read the original novel. That's so great, just great. The adventures of the boys and girls... The wonderful and fairy world of children... Really... really good to read...

Shay Stephens

A delightful book. The characters are lively and the interactions very cute. Much better than any of the movies I have seen. I am very glad I decided to read it.



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