Captain Hook is described as having a copy of Roget's Thesaurus which was one of Barrie's favourite books. I think this is the only mention of a book in Peter Pan.
In The Admirable Crichton, Crichton is the only person on the island with a book - a collection of W E Henley's poems – Henley of course being a good friend (and whose daughter ‘invented’ the name Wendy). As a non-aristocrat, who is more competent than the rest of the party and who is particularly careful about 'playing the game', Crichton might be seen as one of the personifications of Barrie.
A developing theory is that books might serve as ‘badges’ for Barrie saying ‘this is me’ in his fiction/drama.
What other books are mentioned in Barrie’s work that might serve as being a ‘badge’ for ‘this is me’? And what do others think of this as a theory? Feel free to add your comment below:
Dr Ros Ridley