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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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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.

Quality Street

Quality Street

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

In this play from Peter Pan writer J. M. Barrie, sisters Susan and Phoebe Throssell are in dire financial straits and decide to establish a school in order to pay the bills. When a long-lost lover comes back into the picture, Phoebe can't resist tormenting him by creating a flirtatious alter ego. What will become of this strange love triangle?

Quality Street

Quality Street

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

In this play from Peter Pan writer J. M. Barrie, sisters Susan and Phoebe Throssell are in dire financial straits and decide to establish a school in order to pay the bills. When a long-lost lover comes back into the picture, Phoebe can't resist tormenting him by creating a flirtatious alter ego. What will become of this strange love triangle?

Margaret Ogilvy

Margaret Ogilvy

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

In Margaret Ogilvy, author J. M. Barrie (today best remembered for his enduring children's classic Peter Pan) presents a loving, detailed portrait of his mother. As a child, Margaret had been forced to become the "e;woman of the house"e; when she was only eight years old, filling in as the household manager after her own mother's death. Her difficult early life seems to have inspired Barrie's works about children who seek desperately to cling to the carefree days of youth.

Margaret Ogilvy

Margaret Ogilvy

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

In Margaret Ogilvy, author J. M. Barrie (today best remembered for his enduring children's classic Peter Pan) presents a loving, detailed portrait of his mother. As a child, Margaret had been forced to become the "e;woman of the house"e; when she was only eight years old, filling in as the household manager after her own mother's death. Her difficult early life seems to have inspired Barrie's works about children who seek desperately to cling to the carefree days of youth.

Edinburgh Eleven

Edinburgh Eleven

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

Scottish writer J. M. Barrie is best remembered for the wildly popular play Peter Pan. In this charming collection of biographical essays and character sketches, Barrie reflects on his life and experiences as a college student in Edinburgh and the life lessons he learned during his student days.

Edinburgh Eleven

Edinburgh Eleven

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

Scottish writer J. M. Barrie is best remembered for the wildly popular play Peter Pan. In this charming collection of biographical essays and character sketches, Barrie reflects on his life and experiences as a college student in Edinburgh and the life lessons he learned during his student days.

Echoes of the War

Echoes of the War

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

Though today he is best remembered for his work for younger audiences, including the beloved classic Peter Pan, J. M. Barrie was a writer of remarkable breadth and versatility who didn't shy away from tough subjects. This volume of plays showcases an array of British families and their very different methods of coping with the aftermath of World War I.

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