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Four of the boys the "lost boys" ofPeter Pan and one of the girls the imaginative tomboy Daphne were captivated. This fascinating book delves deep, makes links and yields up secrets.
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It tells how Barrie's victims whom he would have not grow up were lost to breakdown, suicide or early death. Daphne du Maurier, author ofRebeccaemerges as the lost boys' companion and the enigmatic chronicler of their fate. Captivatedis about writing and the world of the imagination: it is a singular example of art being used not only to imitate life, but darkly to transform it. Chapter Two What is the secret?
Chapter One Du Maurier dreamers. The background is the turn of the century, when a late-nineteenth-century world of mesmerists, psychics, trancers and table-turners gave way to a new twentieth-century age of psychology. The central character is the creator of Peter Pan, the famous novelist and playwright J.
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Barrie, a man tormented by inner demons since childhood. Barrie developed a consuming interest in the du Maurier family, beginning with George du Maurier, author of Trilby , a bestselling novel featuring his creation Svengali. In Trilby , George showed how it is possible, by means of hypnosis, for one person to gain control over the mind of another. Barrie made his move on the du Maurier family immediately after George died, assuming George's mantel and using his ideas to dominate both his daughter Sylvia and his son Gerald.
Soon Barrie was 'Uncle Jim' to Sylvia's five sons and Gerald's three daughters, playing romping games of adventure and make-believe, and inviting the children into the transcendental world of Neverland. Four of the boys the 'lost boys' of Peter Pan and one of the girls the imaginative tomboy Daphne were captivated. This fascinating book delves deep, makes links and yields up secrets. It is a story of bliss corrupted by greed which masquerades as supernatural power.
It tells how Barrie's victims - whom he would have not grow up - were lost to breakdown, suicide or an early death when they did. Daphne du Maurier, author of Rebecca , emerges as the lost boys' surprise companion and the enigmatic chronicler of their fate.
Neverland: J.M. Barrie, the Du Mauriers, and the Dark Side of Peter Pan
Captivated is about writing and the world of the imagination: it is a singular example of art being used not only to imitate life, but darkly to transform it. When he discovered that she had put a moratorium on publication of her adolescent diaries until fifty years after her death, he was prompted to begin his researches into her background.
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What was the mystery that had Daphne been so keen to suppress? Dudgeon argues that we understand him so little because of his "secret", the gripping nature of which propels the narrative of Captivated with the force of a turbo engine I defy you not to be captivated. Intelligently and feelingly done' -- Sunday Herald, Brian Morton 'Dudgeon's portrait of Barrie - as a man who filled the vacuum of his own sexual impotence by a compulsive desire to possess the family who inspired his most famous creation, Peter Pan Indeed, Kits Browning, Daphne's son, declares Dudgeon's book to be 'absolutely fascinating, though somewhat alarming about the extent of Barrie's sinister influence on my family.
He tells a terrible story without sentimentality, without sensationalism and without undue psychologising What remains here would leave a bad taste in the mouth if it were not so intelligently and feelingly done. He almost sounds as if he's trying to court trouble and outrage with his contentions here that JM Barrie was not only responsible for the death of his brother, David, as a child, but had a hand in the apparent suicide of his adolescent ward, Michael Llewellyn Davies, drove Michael's elder brother Peter who many mistakenly believed was the original inspiration for Peter Pan to suicide later in life, corrupted the young Daphne du Maurier and encouraged his close friend, the explorer Captain Scott, to head off for the Antarctic on what was, almost certainly, a suicide mission.
It's quite a charge to lay at someone's door, but Dudgeon knows what he's doing and builds his case with precision and coolness It was when both Daphne herself, and her cousin Peter Llewellyn Davies, finally understood what good old Uncle Jim had been doing to them all these years, that she had her nervous breakdown and he killed himself It's a gripping read that exposes the dark side to two seemingly innocent activities, writing and loving children Dudgeon has exposed, in quite a magnificent way, the power and potential for abuse in both.
Letter to the author, July , from David Lodge, novelist and Professor of English, Birmingham University: 'The real strength of the book though is its account of Barrie and his baleful influence on the Du Mauriers and many others.
damavand-uast.ac.ir/images/read/3260.php What a monster he was, and how plausible that he should be, given his early life. The suggestion that he was responsible for his brother's death, for instance, is very persuasive and would explain a lot. The Captain Scott episode is extraordinary! You establish a lot of fascinating links between the various personages and their works, and the book becomes more and more persuasive as it goes on.
I don't really know Daphne's work apart from Rebecca but you make her appear a more interesting, and certainly less middlebrow writer than I had supposed. My only disagreement with Dudgeon is that he seems to me to give Kicky the Du Maurier grandfather too much of a pass.
This is clearly a case of a man who has come to a conclusion and is going to twist evidence to fit it. Just read this book myself! A very good read, however it is very hard to believe. But, he does seem to have proof of his ideas! You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Google account.
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