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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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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.

Der Tag

Der Tag

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

This World War I-era play demonstrates that J. M. Barrie's talents as a playwright were much broader than the light fare for which he is best remembered, including Peter Pan. Set amidst a percolating global conflict, a world leader who is faced with a fateful decision weighs his options.

Der Tag

Der Tag

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

This World War I-era play demonstrates that J. M. Barrie's talents as a playwright were much broader than the light fare for which he is best remembered, including Peter Pan. Set amidst a percolating global conflict, a world leader who is faced with a fateful decision weighs his options.

Dear Brutus

Dear Brutus

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

Unlike much of his dramatic oeuvre, J. M. Barrie's play Dear Brutus has a number of striking parallels with the author's most enduring work, the children's classic Peter Pan. In this play, a mysterious man of wealth offers a handful of house guests an opportunity that most of us can only fantasize about: the chance to revisit fateful decisions made over the course of their lives and, if they desire, to choose a different path.

Dear Brutus

Dear Brutus

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

Unlike much of his dramatic oeuvre, J. M. Barrie's play Dear Brutus has a number of striking parallels with the author's most enduring work, the children's classic Peter Pan. In this play, a mysterious man of wealth offers a handful of house guests an opportunity that most of us can only fantasize about: the chance to revisit fateful decisions made over the course of their lives and, if they desire, to choose a different path.

Courage

Courage

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

Though he achieved literary acclaim as a dramatist, most notably with the timeless children's classic Peter Pan, author J. M. Barrie tackled many subjects over the course of his career, often grappling with philosophical and psychological topics. The breadth of his intellect is on full display in Courage, which is the text of a stirring and inspirational speech he delivered to a group of graduating college students in the early 1920s.

Courage

Courage

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

Though he achieved literary acclaim as a dramatist, most notably with the timeless children's classic Peter Pan, author J. M. Barrie tackled many subjects over the course of his career, often grappling with philosophical and psychological topics. The breadth of his intellect is on full display in Courage, which is the text of a stirring and inspirational speech he delivered to a group of graduating college students in the early 1920s.

Better Dead

Better Dead

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

Scottish-born author and playwright J. M. Barrie first established himself in the public eye as a writer of children's books and humorous plays. According to historians of Barrie's life and work, Better Dead is one of his earliest pieces. It combines sly humor with a compelling plot with elements of mystery and romance.

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