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J. M. Barrie
(May 9, 1860 - June 19, 1937)
Courtesy of: telegraph.co.uk
All children, except one, grow up."
-Peter Pan, or the Boy Who Would Not Grow Up
James Matthew Barrie was born in Kirriemur, Angus, Scotland to David Barrie and Margaret Ogilvy on May 9, 1860. He came from a rather large family of three brothers and six sisters. At a young age, he was already a fan of the works of Jules Verne and James Fenimoore Cooper. He always knew that he wanted to be a writer from a young age. In 1882 he graduated with a Master of Arts degree from Edinburgh University. Three years later he moved to London, England to write for the "Nottingham Journal." In 1894 he married Mary Ansell. On their honeymoon they purchased a St. Bernard puppy who later became the influence for the character of Nana in Barrie's
series. Barrie met the Lleweyn-Davies family while walking through Kensington Gardens. The five Davies sons would later inspire many of the characters in
. In 1913, Barrie became knighted and a rector of St. Andrews University. He received the Order of Merit in 1922 and six years later he became the President of the Society of Authors. Throughout his life he was extremely close with Jerome K. Jerome and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Barrie died in 1937 and was buried next to his parents and his siblings. (Merriman)
In 2004, Johnny Depp starred in the biographical
, which was based on the life of J.M. Barrie. Below is the trailer to the movie that provides insight into the life of Sir James Matthew Barrie.
Auld Licht Idyls
A Window in Thrums
The Little Minister
Tommy and Grizel
The Admirable Crichton
Little White Bird: or, Adventures in Kensington Gardens
Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Would Not Grow Up
(performed in 1904, published in 1928)
Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens
When Wendy Grew Up: An Afterthought
What Every Woman Knows
Peter and Wendy
The Boy David
series is about a boy who never grows up. It is semi-autobiographical. The "Thrums" Series are based on Barrie's life in Kirriemur and the religious sect that Margaret Ogilvy belonged too.
is a tribute to Barrie's mother.
Drama in the Twentieth Century
Merriman, C.D. (2006).
James m. barrie - biography and works
. Retrieved from
Finding Neverland Trailer
. Dir. Marc Forster. Perf. Johnny Depp, Kate Winslet and Julie Christie.
YouTube - Broadcast Yourself.
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