The prolific Scotish author and dramatist J. M. Barrie is most famous for his creation of Peter Pan. Born in Kirriemuir, Forfarshire in 1860, he graduated Edinburgh University and began working as a journalist. Soon after he published his first novel Better Dead becaming a popular writer with many successful novels. After his most famous work Peter Pan he still continued to write on creating many more beloved tales.
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J.M. Barrie was born in 1860, the ninth of ten children of hard-working parents in Scotland's jute-weaving industry. Fascinated by stories of her own life told him by his mother, he was determined to write, finding work on the Nottingham Journal after graduating from Edinburgh University. In 1885, he moved to London as a freelance writer and successfully sold the Auld Licht Idylls, a volume based on his mother's tales. By the time Peter Pan opened on the London stage in 1904, Barrie had written more than thirty novels and plays, many autobiographical and several of them major hits such as The Little Minister, Quality Street and The Admirable Crichton. Knighted and awarded the Order of Merit he continued writing into old age. He died in 1937.Review:
‘This collection of old Scotch stories illustrates a phase of life which is fast passing away even among the most conservative people in the world. With the advent of railways and steam ploughs, telegraphs and telephones, a great deal of the picturesque characteristics of existence in rustic Scotland has been swept away, but there is left much that is suggestive of former peculiarities, of ancient customs.’ (The Morning Post, 1888.)
‘He was wise in his generation, and he made a most palpable hit with his next volume, entitled ‘A Window in Thrums’...
‘This apparently enigmatic title may provoke some to disregard a book enriched with the raciest samples of rustic Scottish humour, and with touches of genuine human feeling, which cannot fail to please those who are not averse to the quaint dialect of the country.’ (Illustrated London News, 1889)
‘‘Margaret Ogilvy’ is a work which no lover of literature can afford to be without. Mr Barrie is at his best as a literary artist in this book, the beauty of the language used recalling the richness and symmetry of Walter Pater.’ (Aberdeen Press & Journal, 1896)
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