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J. M. Barrie (1860–1937)

Author of Peter Pan

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About the Author

James Matthew Barrie, the creator of Peter Pan, was born on May 9, 1860, in Kirriemuir, Angus, Scotland. His idyllic boyhood was shattered by his brother's death when Barrie was six. His own grief and that of his mother influenced the rest of his life. Through his work, he sought to recapture the show more carefree joy of his first six years. Barrie came to London as a freelance writer in 1885. His early fiction, Auld Licht Idylls (1888) and A Window in Thrums (1889), were inspired by his youth in Kirriemuir. After publishing a biography of his mother Margaret Ogilvy and the autobiographical novel Sentimental Tommy, about a boy living in a dream world (1896), he concentrated on writing plays. The Admirable Crichton (1902), the story of a butler who becomes king of a desert island, helped to establish Barrie's reputation as a playwright. Meanwhile, he began to relive his childhood by telling the first Peter Pan stories to the sons of his friend, Sylvia Llewellyn Davies. The play Peter Pan was first performed in 1904 and published as a novel seven years later. Its imaginative drama, featuring the eternal boy's triumph over the grownup Captain Hook, idealizes childhood and underscores adults' inability to regain it. These resonant themes made it a classic of world literature. Barrie's later work shows his increasingly cynical view of adulthood, particularly in Dear Brutus (1917). Often considered his finest play, it concerns nine men and women whose caprices destroy a miraculous opportunity to relive their lives. Barrie married the former Mary Ansell in 1894. They divorced in 1909, never having any children. Barrie died in London on June 19, 1937. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
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Series

Works by J. M. Barrie

Peter Pan (1934) 19,039 copies
The Little Minister (1891) 487 copies
The Annotated Peter Pan (1901) 301 copies
The Little White Bird (1902) — Author — 260 copies
The Admirable Crichton (1902) 243 copies
A Window in Thrums (1889) 167 copies
Tommy and Grizel (1900) 111 copies
The Plays of J.M. Barrie (1928) 106 copies
Sentimental Tommy (1896) 105 copies
What Every Woman Knows (1908) 98 copies
Margaret Ogilvy (1911) 89 copies
Dear Brutus (1917) 89 copies
Quality Street (1901) 85 copies
My Lady Nicotine (1890) 82 copies
Courage (1922) 69 copies
Auld Licht Idylls (1888) 48 copies
Mary Rose (1924) 46 copies
Alice Sit-By-The-Fire (1919) 39 copies
When a Man's Single (1888) 37 copies
A Kiss for Cinderella (1916) 30 copies
Echoes of the War (1918) 27 copies
Half Hours (1914) 25 copies
The complete Peter Pan (2015) 24 copies
A Tillyloss Scandal (1893) 23 copies
Representative Plays (1777) 20 copies
The Twelve-Pound Look (1914) 17 copies
The Greenwood Hat (1937) 17 copies
Walt Disney's Peter Pan (1987) 16 copies
Peter Pan: Original 1954 Broadway Cast Recording (1954) — Librettist — 16 copies
Letters of J. M. Barrie (1942) 14 copies
Better Dead (1888) 14 copies
Peter Pan (1993) 12 copies
Peter Pan (Disney Big Storybook) (2003) — original story author — 12 copies
The Entrancing Life (1930) 12 copies
Peter Pan (2019) — Author — 11 copies
Shall We Join the Ladies? (1929) 10 copies
Peter y Wendy (1904) 10 copies
Dominoes: One: Peter Pan (2015) 9 copies
The works of J. M. Barrie (2009) 9 copies
Peter Pan/Peter Pan in Scarlet (boxed set) (2007) — Contributor — 8 copies
The Complete Peter Pan (2008) 8 copies
Pantaloon (2003) 6 copies
The Will (1942) 6 copies
PETER PAN Alfaguara (2006) 6 copies
Rosalind (2005) 5 copies
The Tragic Man (2005) 5 copies
Peter Pan, the boy who would never grow up to be a man (1916) — original story author — 5 copies
Seven Women (1928) 5 copies
The Boy David (1938) 5 copies
George Meredith, 1909 (1911) 5 copies
Peter Pan (2019) 4 copies
Old Friends 4 copies
Barbara's Wedding (1918) 4 copies
Peter Pan 3 copies
The New Word 3 copies
Peter Pan (1992) 3 copies
Peter Pan Jigsaw Puzzle (2007) 3 copies
Walker, London (2010) 3 copies
Ibsen's Ghost (1975) 3 copies
The Inconsiderate Waiter (2016) 3 copies
Peter Pan (Abridged) (2013) 3 copies
Jess 3 copies
Przygody Piotrusia Pana (2002) 3 copies
PETER PAN CD-ROM - P.R.4 (2012) 3 copies
Box Peter Pan (2021) 2 copies
Walt Disney's Peter Pan (1998) 2 copies
Peter Pan (1904) — Author — 2 copies
Walt Disney's 'Peter Pan' (1974) 2 copies
Walt Disney's Peter Pan (1986) — Author — 2 copies
Little Minister 2 copies
Wendy & Peter Pan (2015) 2 copies
IFFYPeter Pan (2013) 2 copies
M'Connachie and J. M. B. (1938) 2 copies
Peter Pan 1 copy
Little Mary 1 copy
Peter Pan desplegable (2010) 1 copy
MARY ROSE - PLAYBILL (1951) 1 copy
Alice Sit-By-The-Fire (1935) 1 copy
Peter Pan / Pinóquio — Author — 1 copy
Sevgili Brütüs (2017) 1 copy
Stage 1 - Peter Pan (2016) 1 copy
Peter Pan and Wendy [Facsimile Edition] (1979) — Author — 1 copy
A Television Peter Pan (1977) 1 copy
Peter Pan (Dramatized) (2001) 1 copy
Piotruś Pan 1 copy
Two of Them 1 copy
An Auld Licht Manse (1893) 1 copy
Peter Pan & Wendy (2020) 1 copy
Peter Pan : in colour (1982) 1 copy
Peter Pan 1 copy
Peter Pan 1 copy
Peter Pan (1991) 1 copy

Associated Works

Peter Pan [1953 film] (1953) — Original book — 828 copies
The Young Visiters (1919) — Preface, some editions — 546 copies
The Victorian Fairytale Book (1988) — Contributor — 466 copies
Peter Pan (Junior Classics for Young Readers) (2002) — original author — 394 copies
Masterpieces of Fantasy and Wonder (1989) — Contributor — 329 copies
Peter Pan (Treasury of Illustrated Classics) (1750) — original story author — 277 copies
Peter Pan: A Classic Collectible Pop-Up (2008) — original story author — 223 copies
The Story of Peter Pan: Retold from the Fairy Play by Sir J.M. Barrie (1907) — Original story author — 220 copies
100 Dastardly Little Detective Stories (1993) — Contributor — 213 copies
The Golden Treasury of Children's Literature Set (1961) — Contributor — 210 copies
Peter Pan (A Stepping Stone Book(TM)) (1991) — original story author — 199 copies
Peter Pan, tome 1 : Londres (1990) — Author, some editions; Autor, some editions; Author, some editions — 190 copies
Peter Pan, tome 2 : Opikanoba (1992) — Author, some editions; Author, some editions — 154 copies
The Big Book of Sherlock Holmes Stories (2015) — Contributor — 145 copies
Peter Pan, tome 4 : Mains rouges (1996) — some editions; Author, some editions; Autor, some editions; Author, some editions — 126 copies
Peter Pan, tome 3 : Tempête (1994) — Author, some editions; Autor, some editions; Author, some editions; inspired by, some editions — 124 copies
Peter Pan, tome 5 : Crochet (2001) — some editions; Author, some editions; Autor, some editions; Author, some editions; Auteur, some editions — 116 copies
Sixteen Famous British Plays (1942) — Contributor — 115 copies
Thirty Famous One-Act Plays (1943) — Contributor — 112 copies
The Scribner Treasury: 22 Classic Tales (1953) — Contributor — 105 copies
Peter Pan, tome 6 : Destins (2004) — some editions; Author, some editions; some editions; some editions; some editions — 105 copies
The Oxford Book of Scottish Short Stories (1995) — Contributor — 102 copies
Peter Pan (Ladybird Children's Classics) (1979) — original story author — 91 copies
The Bedside Book of Famous British Stories (1940) — Contributor — 67 copies
Peter Pan (Looking Glass Library) (1957) — original story author — 60 copies
Neverland [2011 TV mini-series] (2012) — Original characters — 49 copies
Ghosts for Christmas (1988) — Contributor — 46 copies
Pearl S. Buck's Book of Christmas (1974) — Contributor — 46 copies
The Misadventures of Sherlock Holmes (1944) — Contributor — 39 copies
Peter Pan [1960 TV movie] (1960) — Original book — 38 copies
13 Plays of Ghosts and the Supernatural (1990) — Contributor — 28 copies
As You Like It [1936 film] (1936) — treatment — 25 copies
Peter Pan (Graphic Revolve: Common Core Editions) (1800) — Author — 19 copies
Twelve Classic One-Act Plays (2010) — Contributor — 18 copies
Peter Pan and Wendy (1998) — original author — 17 copies
Great Short Stories Volume 3: Romance and Adventure (1906) — Contributor — 16 copies
Stories by English Authors (1902) — Contributor — 15 copies
Stories by English Authors: Scotland (1896) — Contributor — 14 copies
An Anthology of Scottish Fantasy Literature (1996) — Contributor — 14 copies
Stories by English Authors: London (1898) — Contributor — 12 copies
Seven Famous One-Act Plays (Second Series) (1953) — Contributor — 12 copies
The Black Cap: New Stories of Murder and Mystery (1928) — Contributor — 11 copies
The Penguin Book of Pirates (2024) — Contributor — 11 copies
England forteller : britiske og irske noveller (1970) — Contributor — 10 copies
Peter Pan (My First Classics) (2006) — original story author — 9 copies
International Short Stories English (Volume 2) (1910) — Contributor — 8 copies
J. M. Barrie's Peter Pan: The Graphic Novel (2015) — original story author — 8 copies
The Peter Pan Picture Book (1981) — original story author — 7 copies
Drama I (1962) — Contributor — 7 copies
Peter Pan [1924 film] (1924) — Original book — 6 copies
Peter Pan (Arctus) (2018) — Original Author — 6 copies
The Fireside Treasury of Modern Humor (1963) — Contributor — 5 copies
The Admirable Crichton [1957 film] — Original story — 4 copies
Peter Pan: A Hallmark Pop-Up Book (1950) — original story author — 4 copies
The Word Lives On: A Treasury of Spiritual Fiction (1951) — Contributor — 4 copies
Good Words 1891 (1891) — Contributor — 1 copy
The Childrens Classics Collection (6 Full Cast Audio Dramas) (2012) — Author, some editions — 1 copy
Five Modern Plays (1950) — Author — 1 copy

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Common Knowledge

Legal name
Barrie, James Matthew
Birthdate
1860-05-09
Date of death
1937-06-19
Burial location
Kirriemuir, Tayside, Angus, Scotland, UK
Gender
male
Nationality
UK
Country (for map)
Scotland, UK
Birthplace
Kirriemuir, Angus, Scotland, UK
Place of death
London, England, UK
Cause of death
pneumonia
Places of residence
Kirriemuir, Tayside, Angus, Scotland, UK
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England, UK
London, England, UK
Farnum, Surrey, England, UK
Education
University of Edinburgh (MA|1882)
Occupations
novelist
playwright
writer
author
journalist
Relationships
Scott, Peter (godson)
Thirkell, Angela (goddaughter)
Asquith, Lady Cynthia (secretary)
Organizations
Allahakbarries (Cricket team)
American Academy of Arts and Letters (Foreign Honorary ∙ Literature ∙ 1929)
Society of Authors
Awards and honors
Baronet (1913)
Order of Merit (1922)
Short biography
Sir James Matthew Barrie, 9 May 1860 – 19 June 1937) was a Scottish novelist and playwright, best remembered as the creator of Peter Pan. He was born and educated in Scotland and then moved to London, where he wrote a number of successful novels and plays. There he met the Llewelyn Davies boys, who inspired him to write about a baby boy who has magical adventures in Kensington Gardens (first included in Barrie's 1902 adult novel The Little White Bird), then to write Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up, a 1904 "fairy play" about an ageless boy and an ordinary girl named Wendy who have adventures in the fantasy setting of Neverland.

Although he continued to write successfully, Peter Pan overshadowed his other work, and is credited with popularising the name Wendy. Barrie unofficially adopted the Davies boys following the deaths of their parents. Barrie was made a baronet by George V on 14 June 1913, and a member of the Order of Merit in the 1922 New Year Honours. Before his death, he gave the rights to the Peter Pan works to Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children in London, which continues to benefit from them.

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Reviews

Supposedly a children's classic, this book is quite disturbing, and not at all suitable for young or sensitive children. Perhaps the abridged versions make it more acceptable; the film versions sanitise it somewhat, too.

But this original, written 120 years ago, is not just dated - it's inherently sexist (the remarks about mothers are very bizarre), racist, and extremely violent in places. There's a mixture of 'reality' (in an odd kind of way, with a large dog as nurse) and fantasy, but far too much commentary from the author, and asides that don't fit in at all with the plot - such as the evil Captain Hook reminiscing about his boyhood years at Eton School.

As for Peter Pan, the 'boy who never grew up', he's manipulative, demanding and selfish... not someone I would wish to know.

Longer review here: https://suesbookreviews.blogspot.com/2024/04/peter-pan-by-jm-barrie.html
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SueinCyprus | 325 other reviews | Apr 19, 2024 |
I still can't get the fairy orgy out of my mind. I mean, even if Tinkerbell and her flickering friends really were getting at it in the forest just to kill the time, did Barrie really have to unveil this to us before the kids had gone to bed?
 
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TheBooksofWrath | 325 other reviews | Apr 18, 2024 |
Writing: 4.5; Theme: 4.5; Content: 4.5; Language: 5.0; Overall: 4.5

The adventures of Peter Pan, the Wild Boys, and the Darling children. Highly recommend.

***April 8, 2024***
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jntjesussaves | 325 other reviews | Apr 15, 2024 |
It’s great when you’ve seen the Disney film before reading the book. Parts of it seem weird when you’re imagining them as the Disney characters rather than the versions of them in the book. Especially with the conflict between Pan and Hook. However in this Pan is completely different to how they portray him in the Disney version (as that’s the only film I’ve seen) because the Book Peter is weird to say.

Despite having a different feel to modern books it was a decent read. Commonly reading it in school also made it a great read.

And still with the 150 page length, I still took a long time to read it.
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Works
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Members
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Popularity
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Rating
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Reviews
411
ISBNs
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Languages
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Favorited
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