When Lise Lyng Falkenberg's "The Boy Who Would Not Grow Up - But Did" was first published in the author's native language Danish in 1999, it was hailed as an indisputable literary renewal of Peter Pan-studies. It was regarded the most thorough, informative and entertaining book on the subject and went on to inspire directors of both documentaries and stage plays working with the Peter Pan story. 14 years later it is still regarded one of the most essential studies in Peter Pan and now it is available for the first time in English.
The book deals with both the Scots author Sir J. M. Barrie and his creation Peter Pan. Barrie wrote his story about Peter Pan no less than five times and Lise Lyng Falkenberg analyses and compares all five stories in order to show that both the literary story about Peter Pan as well as Peter's "life story" undergo developments. Furthermore the author shows how other characters in the stories, such as Wendy and Captain Hook, go through developments as well, and she illustrates how Peter Pan's universe gets more and more obsessed with death and sexuality, the more Peter develops.
Lise Lyng Falkenberg holds two Ph.D. degrees, one in Comparative Literature and one in Cultural studies and the first one she received for her thesis on - Peter Pan!