James Matthew Barrie
Created by Jennifer, Jackie & Jean Marie


About J.M Barrie:

“All children, except one, grow up.”
- J.M Barrie Peter Pan

Born: May 9, 1860
Died: June 19, 1937
Scottish Author, educated in Scotland
Had a large family, 3 brothers & 6 sisters
Moved to London to become a novelist & playwright
Enrolled at University of Edinburgh & wrote drama reviews for local newspapers
Married Mary Ansell but did not have children

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He had many celebrity friends but was also very friendly with children
People said he had a personality similar to Michael Jackson
Some people thought he was a pedophile or engaged in sexual abuse of children and a stalker but there was no proof of it

Idea for Peter Pan:


-On their honeymoon to Switzerland with this wife Mary Ansell they bought a Saint Bernard puppy, this inspired for the character Nana in the book

-In Kensington Gardens they met a couple, Llewelyn Davies, and J.M Barrie would entertain their five children with stories and these children later on were based on the characters of Peter Pan

-The idea of the Lost Boys came from the Llewelyn Davies boy who became good friends with Barrie

-The story of Peter Pan came from telling stories to these children and he explained a story about a boy who can fly, never grows up and about the lost boys

Other books J.M Barrie Wrote:

-Auld Licht Idylls (1888)
-Better Dead (1888)
-A Window in Thrums (1889)
-The Little Minister (1891)
-Two of Them (1893)
-Sentimental Tommy, The Story of His Boyhood (1896)
-Tommy and Grizel (1900)
-The Little White Bird; or, Adventures in Kensington Gardens (1902)
-Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens (1906)
-Peter and Wendy (1911)
-Kiss for Cinderella (1916)
-When a Man's Single: A Tale of Literary Life (1927)
-Barbara's Wedding (1927)
-Farewell Miss Julie Logan (1932)


Timeline of Publications of Peter Pan:

1896- Publication of Margaret Ogilvy and Sentimental Tommy; visits the USA for the first time, and is entertained by Charles Frohman, eventual producer of Peter Pan
1897- First meeting with the Llewelyn Davies family. The five children of George and Sylvia Llewelyn Davies were very important to the evolution of Peter Pan, and Barrie eventually adopted them in 1910 after both parents had died from cancer.
1904- Peter Pan first performed (Duke of York’s Theatre, 27 December)
1906- Publication of Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens (extracted from The Little White Bird)
1908- Sole performance in Barrie’s lifetime of When Wendy Grew Up; An Afterthought (22 February)1911- Publication of Peter and Wendy
1928- First publication of Peter Pan; publication of The Plays of J. M. Barrie

Other Versions:

Peter Pan: Disney
Hook: Steven Spielberg
Return to Never Land: Disney
Peter and the Starcatchers, Peter and the Shadow Thieves, Peter and the Secret of Rundoon, Peter and the Sword of Mercy: Dave Berry & Ridley Pearson
Peter Pan in Scarlet: Geraldine McCaughrean

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Climate of Time Period: Victorian Era

The time period was Victorian Era
The period of Queen Victoria's reign from June 1837 until her death on January 22, 1901
This time period was an exciting time with the artistic styles, literary schools
Also social, political and religious movements flourished during this time period
The social classes in England were reformed

This link gives an overview of the Victorian Era

Here is a short film about J.M Barrie: