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J. M. Barrie (1860–1937)

Barrie, Sir James Matthew. A Scottish author; born in Kirriemuir, Forfarshire, May 9, 1860; died in 1937. He graduated from Edinburgh University in 1882, and went to London in 1885 to engage in journalism. His peculiar talent for depicting Scottish village life and rustic characters with fidelity, pathos, humor, and poetic charm, brought him fame; after 1902 he was one of the most popular of early twentieth-century British dramatists. ‘Better Dead’ (1887) and ‘When a Man’s Single’ (1888) were followed by ‘Auld Licht Idylls’ (1888) and ‘A Window in Thrums’ (1889), which first made him widely known: ‘An Edinburgh Eleven’ (1890); ‘My Lady Nicotine,’ humorous essays on smoking (1890); ‘The Little Minister’ (1891); ‘Sentimental Tommy’ (1896); ‘Tommy and Grizel’ (1900); ‘Margaret Ogilvy’ (1896), a biography of his mother; ‘The Little White Bird’ (1902). He also wrote numerous short sketches and many comedies: ‘Walker, London’ (1882); ‘Jane Annie’ (1893); and ‘The Professor’s Love Story’; ‘The Little Minister’; ‘Quality Street’; ‘The Admirable Crichton’ (1902); ‘Peter Pan’ (1904); ‘What Every Woman Knows’ (1908); ‘The Legend of Leonora’ (1914). (See Critical and Biographical Introduction).