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The Little Minister (edition 2007)
by James Matthew Barrie (Author)
The Little Minister by J. M. Barrie
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 112515294X, Hardcover)A love story set in the Scotch village of Thrums and about the middle of the last century. The hero, Gavin Dishart, is a boy preacher of twenty-one, small of statue but great in authority. Grouped about him are his people, who watch him with vigilance, ready to adore, criticize, and interfere. Across his path and into his life dances Babbie, the Egyptian, in a wild gypsy frock. James Matthew Barrie, (1860 - 1937) was a Scottish author and dramatist, best remembered today as the creator of Peter Pan. The child of a family of small-town weavers, he was educated in Scotland. He moved to London, where he developed a career as a novelist and playwright. There he met the Llewelyn Davies boys who inspired him in writing about a baby boy who has magical adventures in Kensington Gardens (included in The Little White Bird), then to write Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up. Barrie unofficially adopted the Davies boys following the deaths of their parents. Barrie wished to pursue a career as an author, but was dissuaded by his family - who wished him to have a profession such as the ministry. With wise advice from Alec, he was able to work out a compromise. He was to attend a university, but would study literature. He enrolled at the University of Edinburgh, where he wrote drama reviews for Edinburgh Evening Courant. He was extremely introverted, and was shy about the fact he was in college and only approximately five feet. He would go on to graduate with his M.A. He worked for a year and a half as a staff journalist in Nottingham following a job advertisement found by his sister in The Scotsman, then returned to Kirriemuir, using his mother's stories about the town (which he called 'Thrums') for a piece submitted to the newspaper St. James's Gazette in London. The editor 'liked that Scotch thing', so Barrie wrote a series of them, which served as the basis for his first novels
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In 1840 Scotland, a young lass named Babbie revels in the country life and frolics with the locals, simple weavers whose livelihood is threatened by increasing industrialization. When Lord Rintoul attempts to rout the rebellious weavers, Babbie always manages to send word in time to prevent their being taken by surprise. Gavin, new minister to the town, falls in love with Babbie, and his relationship with the young gypsy almost costs him his position. But what Gavin and his parishioners do not know is that Babbie is actually Lady Babbie, ward of Lord Rintoul.
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