Barrie, J.M. (James Matthew), 1860-1937

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Birth 1860-05-09
Death 1937-06-19
Britons
English

Biographical notes:

James Matthew Barrie (1860-1937) was a playwright and novelist who is chiefly remembered as the creator of Peter Pan. Barrie was born in Scotland and moved to London in 1885 where he would reside for the remainder of his life. His first successful novel, Auld licht idylls, was published in 1888 and Barrie continued to write fictional and autobiographical tales until the late 1890s. In 1897 Barrie became focused on writing for the theatre, producing Peter Pan, the boy who wouldn't grow up, in 1904. Other plays by Barrie include Quality street (1901), The admirable Crichton (1902), What every woman knows (1908), The twelve-pound look (1910), The will (1913), and Dear Brutus (1917).

From the description of Letters of J.M. Barrie, 1907-1927. (Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens). WorldCat record id: 122510105

Scottish writer, author of PETER PAN.

From the description of J. M. Barrie letters to Edmund Case, 1904-1925. (Duke University Library). WorldCat record id: 22540404

J. M. Barrie (1860-1937) was a Scottish journalist, playwright and author. Although best known for his children's book Peter Pan, he also wrote a number of plays and novels for adults. His friends and acquaintances included H.G. Wells, George Bernard Shaw, Arthur Conan Doyle and P.G. Wodehouse. In 1913 he was made a baronet and in 1922 he received the Order of Merit; he also served as lord rector of St. Andrew's University (1919-1922) and chancellor of Edinburgh University (1930-1937).

From the guide to the J. M. Barrie Letter, 1919, (Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries)

J.M. Barrie, English author.

From the description of J.M. Barrie Collection, 1876-1955. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 79894095

Barrie was a British playwright and author.

From the description of Plays, 1894-1938. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 122590283

From the guide to the Plays, 1894-1938., (Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University)

Scottish novelist and dramatist.

From the description of Autograph, ca. 1900. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 367390393

J.M. Barrie was born in Scotland and showed literary promise from an early age. After graduating from Edinburgh University, he wrote for the Nottingham Journal before moving to London and becoming a freelance journalist. He wrote novels and plays over the next several years, before achieving his greatest success with the character Peter Pan. The play, Peter Pan, was first performed in 1904 to universal acclaim; the elaborate staging featured the first attempted stage flight, and Peter's direct appeal to the audience to save Tinker Bell was a risky innovation. Barrie created several other works around the enduring character of the boy who wouldn't grow up, along with other popular plays.

From the description of J.M. Barrie letter to H.B. Marriott Watson, 1892 Oct. 22. (Pennsylvania State University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 61691293

Sir James Matthew Barrie, Scottish playwright and novelist, best remembered as the author of Peter Pan.

From the description of J.M. Barrie manuscript material : 1 item, 1897. (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 75395784

From the guide to the J. M. Barrie manuscript material : 1 item, 1897, (The New York Public Library. Carl H. Pforzheimer Collection of Shelley and His Circle.)

Barrie was a Scottish playwright and novelist. Adams was an American actress and starred in several of Barrie's plays. Frohman was an American theatrical manager and producer as well as manager of Adams.

From the description of Letters : to Maude Adams and Charles Frohman, 1897-1928. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 81328742

From the guide to the J. M. Barrie letters to Maude Adams and Charles Frohman, 1897-1928., (Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University)

British playwright.

From the description of Letters, 1915-1920, to Louis L. Delafield. (Boston Athenaeum). WorldCat record id: 16219206

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Adelphi Terrace Housem Strand [London], to Sir Sydney Cockerell, 1928 Jan. 11. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270621926

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Adelphi Terrace House, Strand, to A.E. Housman, 1922 Dec. 15. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270621932

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Adelphi Terrace House, Strand [London], to Sir Sydney Cockerell, 1928 Jan. 12. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270621930

English author.

From the description of Autograph letter signed : [n.p.], possibly to the young daughter of W.E. Henley, [n.d.]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270623266

J. M. Barrie, English author.

From the description of J. M. Barrie collection, 1876-1955. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 702148080

Scottish essayist and playwright.

From the description of ALS : Kirriemuir, Scotland, to W. Morris Collins, [18]93 Aug. 9. (Rosenbach Museum & Library). WorldCat record id: 122645551

Scottish dramatist and novelist.

From the description of Letters, 1919-1920. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 367390138

English author and playwright.

From the description of Autograph letter signed : 3 Adelphi Terrace House, Strand, W.C., [London], to Marion, [n.y.] June 5. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270125519

J.M. Barrie was born in Kirriemuir, Scotland. After receiving an M.A. at Edinburgh University in 1882, he moved to London in 1885. He was primarily a novelist and essayist until 1900 and thereafter mainly a playwright. His best known work "Peter Pan" was written in 1904. He was created a baronet in 1913. J.M. Barrie died in London. The University of Victoria Libraries Special Collections has a mandate to acquire literary papers.

From the description of J.M. Barrie collection. [1913-1915]. (University of Victoria Libraries). WorldCat record id: 646006400

Epithet: author

Title: Baronet

British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000000835.0x00009a

James Barrie was born at Kirriemuir, Forfarshire on 9 May 1860. He received his education from, the Glasgow Academy, Dumfries Academy, 1873-1878 and Edinburgh University, 1878-1882.

He was appointed leader writer and sub-editor on the Nottingham Journal in January 1883. In March 1885, Barrie moved to London, where he wrote for many magazines including, the British Weekly .

Barrie published his first book Better Dead in November 1887 and his first play, Richard Savage , on which he collaborated with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in 1891. His plays were performed in theatres in London's West End. Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens was published in 1906, the same year as his play, Alice by the Fire , which was produced at the Duke of York's Theatre. Barrie continued to write many plays, including Shall We Join the Ladies in 1921 and The Boy David , 1936, the last work which Barrie wrote.

He received honorary degrees from the universities of St. Andrews, 1898, Edinburgh 1909, Oxford, 1926, and Cambridge, 1930. He was appointed as Lord Rector of St Andrews University in 1919 and chancellor of Edinburgh University in 1930. He was appointed the Order of Merit in 1922. Barrie died in London on 19 June 1937.

From the guide to the Barrie, Sir James Matthew, 1906-1933, (Senate House Library, University of London)

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  • Dramatists, Scottish--Autographs
  • Literary forms and genres
  • Tobacco in fiction
  • Authors, English--19th century--Correspondence
  • Theater--Production and direction
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  • Playwriting
  • English drama--20th century
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  • World War, 1914-1918--Drama
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  • Literature
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  • Authors, Scottish 20th century
  • English literature--20th century
  • Authors, English
  • Drama
  • Male authors, English--Correspondence
  • Dramatists, Scottish--Correspondence

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