Adopting both the general notion and the melodramatic tone of D.H. Lawrence's famous comment—"J.M. Barrie has a fatal touch for those he loves. They die"—Dudgeon (Our East End: Memories of Life in Disappearing Britain
, 2008, etc.) presents the author of Peter Pan
as a crippled soul who deliberately manipulated the lives and psyches of numerous associates and children.
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