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"Peter Pan" / "Peter and Wendy" in German
« on: September 04, 2015, 01:23:41 PM »
Hello! :)

First of all I'd like to say sorry for any language mistakes: I am not a native English speaker.

I am doing my master's degree in German literature and translation, and am currently working on my master's thesis. I'd like to compare german translations and/or rewritings of the Peter Pan-story through the years, and see if it was translated/rewritten differently depending on the year of publication and especially for different target groups (children/adults) - I was hoping to find editions in German aimed especially at adult readers, but this seems to be non-existant.

Does anyone have any kind of information on that subject? Be it names of early translators/editors in Germany/Austria/Switzerland, articles on publication history in German (although this seems to be very rare...), or personal anecdotes on anything Barrie-related in German!

Thus far, I have found
  • a LOT of rewritings and translations from the 1980s-today, almost always "for children" (meaning: marketed as such, often picturebooks) and very often inspired by Disney
  • a 1950s translation by Erich Kästner from Barrie's play
  • an edition from 1911 of "Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens" ("Peter Pan im Waldpark") with Rackhams pictures, and a 1930s reedition of that same book

Thanks a lot in advance!


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Re: "Peter Pan" / "Peter and Wendy" in German
« Reply #1 on: September 07, 2015, 07:57:20 AM »
No apology required - your English is excellent!

I will have a look at the German editions held in the collection of Peter Pan books held at GOSH, although we probably wouldn't have anything much pre-1929, when Barrie gifted Peter Pan to the hospital. Please email me at so that I can reply direct to you from my work address.