James Matthew Barrie

(1860-1937 / Kirriemuir)

James Matthew Barrie
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Sir James Matthew Barrie, 1st Baronet (9 May 1860 – 19 June 1937) was a Scottish author and dramatist, best remembered today as the creator of Peter Pan. The child of a family of small-town weavers, he was educated in Scotland. He moved to London, where he developed a career as a novelist and playwright. There he met the Llewelyn Davies boys who inspired him in writing about a baby boy who has magical adventures in Kensington Gardens (included in The Little White Bird), then to write Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up, a "fairy play" about this ageless boy and an ordinary girl named Wendy who have adventures in the fantasy setting of Neverland. This play quickly ... more »

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  • ''It is not real work unless you would rather be doing something else.''
    J.M. (James Matthew) Barrie (1860-1937), British playwright. rectorial address, May 3, 1922, St. Andrew's University, Scotland.
  • ''You must have been warned against letting the golden hours slip by. Yes, but some of them are golden only because we let them slip.''
    J.M. (James Matthew) Barrie (1860-1937), British playwright. rectorial address, May 3, 1922, at St. Andrew's University, Scotland.
  • ''There are few more impressive sights in the world than a Scotsman on the make.''
    J.M. (James Matthew) Barrie (1860-1937), British playwright. David Wylie, in What Every Woman Knows, act 2 (performed 1908, published 1918).
  • ''I am not young enough to know everything.''
    J.M. (James Matthew) Barrie (1860-1937), British playwright. Ernest, in The Admirable Crichton, act 1.
  • ''Every man who is high up likes to think he has done it all himself; and the wife smiles, and lets it go at that. It's our only joke. Every woman knows that.''
    J.M. (James Matthew) Barrie (1860-1937), British playwright. Maggie Shand, in What Every Woman Knows, act 4 (performed 1908, published 1918).
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