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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.
A charming retelling of J M Barrie's classic tale about the little boy who refused to grow up, specially adapted by Lesley Young. Bright illustrations by Jenny Press portray Peter's exciting adventures in Never-Never Land with the fairy Tinker Bell and his new friends Wendy, John and Michael. You can meet Tiger Lily, the brave Indian chief, and the villainous pirates commanded by Captain Hook. The lively narrative is carefully worded to appeal to youngsters - perfect for reading aloud to small children, or for more confident readers to enjoy by themselves. Little Wendy Darling awakes one night to find Peter Pan in the bedroom she shares with her brothers, John and Michael. Peter is searching for his missing shadow. After Wendy helps Peter to reattach the shadow, he offers to take her and her brothers to the magical realm of Never-Never Land. This is a world inhabited by mermaids, the Lost Boys - children who fell out of their prams when their mothers were not looking - friendly Indians and terrifying pirates. Together, Peter and his pals do battle against the pirates' infamous leader, Captain Hook...
Seven Seas is excited to present Peter Pan, an all-new illustrated edition of the beloved story of the boy who never grows up, accompanied by manga-style artwork that will appeal to readers of any age who still believe in magic. Peter Pan is a literary classic, and has been adapted into numerous plays, movies, cartoons, and novels. This new edition reintroduces readers to J. M. Barrie's original novel, Peter Pan, in its entirety, accompanied by delightful black-and-white manga-style illustrations by Kriss Sisson, illustrator of Seven Seas' popular Alice and Oz illustrated books. Look for the second star to the right and it's straight on 'til morning as you follow young Wendy, John, and Michael Darling as they're whisked away from their London home to the magical world of Neverland. Their guide, the brash ruler of Neverland, is none other than Peter Pan - the boy who never grows up. With a little fairy dust and a lot of happy thoughts, the Darling children soar through the skies of Neverland as Peter befriends mermaids, plays alongside the Lost Boys, and confronts the pirates led by the vengeful Captain Hook!
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