J. M. Barrie

J. M. Barrie (James Matthew Barrie) | First Editions

1860 - 1937

Sir James Matthew Barrie, 1st Baronet, OM (9 May 1860 – 19 June 1937) was a Scottish novelist and playwright, who gave life to the adored children's character, Peter Pan.

Barrie was born and educated in Scotland, but found literary inspiration in London, where he wrote several successful novels and plays. Upon meeting the Llewelyn Davies boys, Barrie began writing a tale about a boy's adventures in Kensington Gardens. This boy re-appeared in Barrie's fully developed novel, Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up, also known as Peter and Wendy. As lovers of children's literature will know, this was the story of an ageless boy and the daughter of a London clerk. Peter and Wendy have exciting (and treacherous) adventures in the fantasy setting of Neverland. Peter and Wendy is credited with popularising the then-uncommon name Wendy.

J.M. Barrie's commitment to charity and the protection of children is shown both through his unofficial adoption of the Davies boys, following the deaths of their parents, and in giving the rights of the Peter Pan franchise to Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children in London.

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