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J. M. Barrie - Author

About the Author

J.M. Barrie was born on May 9, 1860, in Kirriemuir, Scotland. He was the ninth child and third son of David and Margaret ( Ogilvy ) Barrie. His father was a handloom weaver.
Barrie attended Glasgow Academy, Forfar Academy and Dumfries Academy. In 1887he enrolled in Edinburgh University, where he graduated in four years with a master's degree. He worked as a journalist for the Nottingham Journal before moving to London in 1885 to freelance.
When Barrie was six years old his older brother David died. Barrie set himself to console his mother, and later attributed this as his start down the road to becoming an author.
In 1894 he married the actress Mary Ansell. The marriage was childless and ended in divorce in 1909. However, he was friends with Arthur and Sylvia Llewellyn Davies, and when they died, became the legal guardian to their five sons: Peter, John, Michael, Nicholas and Arthur.
In later life, Barrie was struck by writer's cramp, and being ambidextrous, switched hands. He mentions in several places that what he wrote with his left hand had an altogether eerier quality than the more rational right.
Barrie died on 19th June 1937. His grave is in Kirriemuir cemetery, and his birthplace at 4, Brechin Road is maintained as a museum by the National Trust for Scotland.

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Peter Pan

Peter Pan

Author: J. M. Barrie, Gyeong-Hwa Kim Illustrator: Yeong-Seon Jang Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/11/2014

Peter Pan

Peter Pan

Author: J. M. Barrie Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/09/2014

One starry night, Peter Pan and Tinker Bell lead the three Darling children over the rooftops of London and away to Neverland - the island where lost boys play, mermaids splash and fairies make mischief. But a villainous-looking gang of pirates lurk in the docks, led by the terrifying Captain James Hook. Magic and excitement are in the air, but if Captain Hook has his way, before long, someone will be walking the plank and swimming with the crocodiles...

Peter Pan

Peter Pan

Author: J. M. Barrie Illustrator: 0 Format: eBook Release Date: 28/08/2014

Peter Pan is a character created by Scottish novelist and playwright J. M. Barrie. A mischievous boy who can fly and never ages, Peter Pan spends his never-ending childhood adventuring on the small island of Neverland...

Alice Sit-By-The-Fire

Alice Sit-By-The-Fire

Author: J. M. Barrie Illustrator: 0 Format: eBook Release Date: 01/07/2014

Written immediately after the play that would launch J. M. Barrie to international acclaim, Peter Pan, Alice Sit-By-The-Fire is just as charming, sweet and madcap as its predecessor. A group of older children are introduced to their long-absent parents, and it initially appears that the family unit may be irreparably broken. Will they be able to find a way to live together without driving each other crazy?

Alice Sit-By-The-Fire

Alice Sit-By-The-Fire

Author: J. M. Barrie Illustrator: 0 Format: eBook Release Date: 01/07/2014

Written immediately after the play that would launch J. M. Barrie to international acclaim, Peter Pan, Alice Sit-By-The-Fire is just as charming, sweet and madcap as its predecessor. A group of older children are introduced to their long-absent parents, and it initially appears that the family unit may be irreparably broken. Will they be able to find a way to live together without driving each other crazy?

When a Man's Single

When a Man's Single

Author: J. M. Barrie Illustrator: 0 Format: eBook Release Date: 01/06/2014

This novel from Peter Pan author J. M. Barrie pulls off a remarkable feat: its characters spend a great deal of time discussing the do's and don'ts of creative writing, even as the book itself exhibits many of these qualities. In essence, When a Man's Single shows and tells. It's a compelling must-read for literary-minded folks.

When a Man's Single

When a Man's Single

Author: J. M. Barrie Illustrator: 0 Format: eBook Release Date: 01/06/2014

This novel from Peter Pan author J. M. Barrie pulls off a remarkable feat: its characters spend a great deal of time discussing the do's and don'ts of creative writing, even as the book itself exhibits many of these qualities. In essence, When a Man's Single shows and tells. It's a compelling must-read for literary-minded folks.

Sentimental Tommy

Sentimental Tommy

Author: J. M. Barrie Illustrator: 0 Format: eBook Release Date: 01/06/2014

Written before his masterpiece Peter Pan, J. M. Barrie's novel Sentimental Tommy grapples with a number of the same themes that the author would later so memorably enshrine in his best-known work. Both feature a central character who clings to the vestiges of youth and refuses to grow up -- often with dire consequences.

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