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General topic / Restricted access to copyright material
« Last post by andrew on March 19, 2021, 04:00:00 PM »
In 2005, Hutchinsons published a biography of Barrie by Lisa Chaney, Hide-And-Seek With Angels: The Life of J.M. Barrie.

The Spectator’s review included the following:  “The central episode in Barrie’s life is his relationship with the Llewelyn Davies family. This, of course, has been the subject of a terrific book by Andrew Birkin, and Lisa Chaney’s own account so conspicuously comes to life only when she is covering the same ground that she needs to justify herself by criticising what she calls Birkin’s inaccuracy.”

I wrote to Hutchinsons at the time, pointing out the extent to which she had pillaged not only my book but this website, as well as regurgitating my text and many of my observations. Although she credited a few of her quotes from the book in her extensive sources, the vast majority went uncredited. Moreover she quoted from audio clips – and reproduced photos – from this website with no credit whatsoever. As for her acknowledgements, she lumped my book in with half a dozen other books on Barrie, commenting merely that mine was “useful” but “one must be wary of the inaccuracy of his quotes from sources such as Barrie’s notebooks” – this from an author who didn’t even bother to go back to the original notebooks herself but merely quoted my extracts (including ellipses where I’d left words out) without ever once citing any inaccuracies!

I received a fulsome apology from Hutchinsons at the time, assuring me that the numerous quotes I listed would be cited in her End Notes in all future editions, and that an "erratum slip" would be inserted in all hardback first editions of the book, reading:
"The author acknowledges her use in Hide-and-Seek with Angels of Andrew Birkin's J M Barrie and the Lost Boys (Yale University Press, 2003) and of his website,"
Lisa Chaney’s book is now available on Kindle (as is Denis Mackail’s and mine). It appears to be a scan of her first edition, without any acknowledgement of the material taken from this website, nor corrections, nor the text of the erratum slip, nor any further citations in her End Notes. Nor, indeed, does it correct any of the clumsy mistakes I pointed out to Hutchinson’s in 2005, e.g. the last line of her book - "Nico died in 1986" - when in fact he died in 1980. In short, the Kindle version is without any of the corrections I was assured would be made to all future editions. I wrote to Hutchinsons some weeks ago, who politely passed the buck on to Chaney’s new publishers, Arrow Books. Thus far I have not heard back from them.

When I first started this website in 1998, I was well aware that writers might want to make use of the large amount of original source material in the database – indeed I hoped as much – but I also asked that they would give credit to this website as their source. Latterly, Piers Dudgeon has written two books that also draw extensively on material that can only be found on this site, but at least he says as much in his Introduction and Acknowledgements, although he too fails to cite it as the source for individual quotes within the main text in the vast majority of instances.

For this reason we are suspending much of the original source material contained in the database that is still in copyright, in particular, Peter’s Morgue, and Nico’s correspondence. Should anyone wish access to this material, they should make a specific request to Dear Brutus or myself.

I'm truly sorry to have to do this, but it seems that certain professional writers are not above unscrupulous behaviour - which is a pity: all we ever asked for was acknowledgement.


Update: I've only just laid my hands on the paperback version of Chaney's biography, and indeed all the corrections/citations appear to have been done, so my only gripe is with the Kindle version ...

JMBarrie / My Barrie and Michael Play
« Last post by Dani1923 on March 18, 2021, 10:24:58 PM »
I have written a play about the relationship between Barrie and Michael. One day I would like to see it performed. If anyone would like to read it and send me feedback, please let me know, and I’ll send you the script.
My tentative title for the play is “Barrie and Michael: The Father and Son Story of the Author of Peter Pan”.
Peter Pan / The Littlest One's Peter Pan & Wendy ill. by Kathleen Atkins (1930)
« Last post by Brutus on March 18, 2021, 12:16:41 PM »
This is a tiny edition (12x14 cm) of the story of Peter Pan for little children, charmingly illustrated by Kathleen Atkins, published by Hodder & Stoughton in 1930. It is of course very much abridged, but retains its essence and magic. The complete book has been uploaded on the database - search for Kathleen Atkins.
Peter Pan / Re: Peter & Wendy illustrated by Edmund Blampied (1939)
« Last post by Hannah Grippo on March 14, 2021, 02:22:14 PM »
Nice. What ghostly pictures! Love them! It's terrific to see the various interpretations of Peter Pan via paintings and drawings.
Peter Pan / Peter & Wendy illustrated by Edmund Blampied (1939)
« Last post by Brutus on March 14, 2021, 02:09:14 PM »
I've now uploaded the illustrations from Edmund Blampied's edition of Peter & Wendy., another favourite.

Edmund Blampied (1886-1966) was an eminent artist from Jersey. He was noted for his etchings published at the height of the print boom in the 1920s , but was also a lithographer, caricaturist, book illustrator and artist in oils, watercolours and silhouettes.

The Blampied Edition of Peter and Wendy was published in 1939 by Hodder & Stoughton in the UK and Scribners in the US. It is illustrated with both black line drawings and beautiful watercolours. The British edition is lavish, and features tipped in colour plates, unlike the US edition in which the colour illustrations are printed on the page (and is a smaller format). Although it is considered one of the finest illustrated editions, it has (surprisingly) never been reprinted.
Peter Pan / Re: Peter Pan & Wendy illustrated by Gwynedd M. Hudson (1931)
« Last post by Hannah Grippo on March 14, 2021, 12:26:09 AM »
These are beautiful. Thank you so much!
Peter Pan / Peter Pan & Wendy illustrated by Gwynedd M. Hudson (1931)
« Last post by Brutus on March 13, 2021, 11:39:36 AM »
I have now uploaded the illustrations from one of my favourite editions of Peter Pan: published in 1931 by Hodder & Stoughton, and illustrated by Gwynedd M. Hudson (ca. 1882-1935). The first edition had a dustjacket and red-orange cloth cover, and was later reprinted with a blue cloth cover for a cheaper, special Boots the Chemists edition (a circulating library run by the chain of pharmacies).

Gwynedd M. Hudson studied art at the Brighton School of Art. She was a figure painter, illustrator, and poster artist. Among other works, she also illustrated a lavish edition of Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Her version of Peter Pan & Wendy is also lavish in an Art Deco style. The layout, typesetting and lettering are exquisite. Apart from the full page illustrations, she also hand-lettered the chapter titles and captions. The book is decorated with stunning chapter headings as well as endings, and a series of running vignettes depicting the procession of the lost boys pursued by the pirates and Hook, themselves pursued by the Indians, followed by various beasts and (of course) the crocodile.

Like F D Bedford, her inspiration came from the novel, not the stage production and Peter Pan is represented wearing a costume made of leaves, not the elaborate costume seen in Alice Woodward's or Flora White's illustrations.
Davies Family / Re: George and Mrs Anthony Hope ...
« Last post by andrew on March 12, 2021, 02:37:10 PM »
<My apologies, I thought I'd uploaded this months ago - the audio clip is now up. Hopefully sooner rather than later I'll upload the whole interview/conversation with the inimitable Sir Roger Chance, who was then 82 but in fine fettle ...
Peter Pan / PETER PAN'S ABC illustrated by Flora White (1913)
« Last post by Brutus on March 11, 2021, 04:57:41 PM »
I've uploaded the illustrations of Peter Pan's ABC, published in 1913, beautifully illustrated by Flora White.

Flora White (1878-1953) was an English artist who painted postcards featuring nursery rhymes and fairy tales, and also illustrated books, including Peter Pan's ABC, published by Hodder & Stoughton/Henry Frowde.

It is a somewhat quirky ABC, finding odd connections between the letter of the alphabet and characters or features from the story of Peter Pan. The illustrations however are lovely.
I have uploaded all the illustrations by Alice B Woodward from the Peter Pan Picture Book onto the database. She was a prominent English illustrator at the turn of the 20th Century, famous not only for her works of children literature (apart from Peter Pan, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Black Beauty and many others) but also her scientific illustrations. She died in 1951.

The text of the Peter Pan Picture Book was written by Daniel O'Connor, and is the same as the Peter Pan Keepsake. It Is significantly different from Barrie's own play and novel, as it is adapted from the original productions of the stage play, prior to Barrie's changes and additions. It was originally published by George Bell & Sons in 1907, with Barrie's permission.

The illustrations give an idea of the colours of the original costumes, notably Peter Pan's red outfit, before it became the green costume commonly associated nowadays with the character.
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