"Finding Neverland": It's Time to Play

April 16, 2015 12:33 AM

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In a photo from 1906, J.M. Barrie plays pretend with Michael Llewelyn Davies in a tree-covered field. Michael is Peter Pan and Barrie his Hook as they wrestle to the ground, smiling all the while. Light filters into the frame, and the world appears joyous in its serendipity.

Of course, Barrie wasn't just Hook, but Peter, too. He was the boy who would never grow up, "an innocent," as Nicholas Llewelyn Davies described him. Barrie didn't give up his endless imagination for posh adulthood, and his soul mates were always children who climbed trees and ran rampant in Kensing...

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