JM Barrie

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J.M.Barrie was a Scottish author and playwright, who is best known as the creator of Peter Pan, the boy who never grows up. Barrie was born on May 9, 1860 in Kirriemuir, Angus, Scotland to a family of ten children. He was educated at The Glasgow Academy, the Forfar Academy and Dumfries Academy and received his higher education at the University of Edinburgh, from which he graduated with an M.A. in 1882. Afterwards, he worked as a journalist for the Nottingham Journal for a year and a half and returned to his hometown.

Barrie's first novel "Auld Licht Idylls" was published in 1888, which was followed by "A Window in Thrums" (1890) and "The Little Minister" (1891). These works did not receive positive reviews but were popular enough for him to establish himself as a writer. He began to show an interest in theatre and wrote a biography of Richard Savage, followed by "Ibsen's Ghost" and "Walker, London".

Barrie published another novel "The Little White Bird" in 1902 and his most notable character "Peter Pan" made his debut appearance in this novel. Two years later, "Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up" was performed for the first time on stage and in 1911, the story was published as a novel titled "Peter and Wendy". Since then, this beloved story, which was inspired by Barrie's close friends, the Llewelyn Davies family, has been adapted into films, both animated and dramatic, musicals, a tv series and countless number of songs and has made him an iconic figure in children's literature. He was awarded with the title of baronet and was made a member of the Order of Merit, after which he served as Chancellor of the University of Edinburgh. Barrie passed away on June 19,1937 and was buried at Kirriemuir.

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