Street (1901), play ; film adaptation 1927, and 1937, dir. by George
Stevens, starring Katherine Hepburn, Franchot Tone, Fay Bainter, Eric
The Little White Bird
(1902), originally written as an adult book, now considered a children’s
book (1st appearance of Peter Pan in Chapter 14!)
Admirable Crichton (1902), play prod. in London 1902, film adaptations
1918, and 1957, dir. by Lewis Gilbert, starring Kenneth More, Diane
Cilento, Cecil Parker
Peter Pan: Or The Boy Who Would
Not Grow Up (1904), play -- films: first movie version in 1924;
Disney's animated movie in 1954; TV movie in 1976; Steven Spielberg's Hook
in 1991, starring Dante Basco, Caroline Goodall, Dustin Hoffman, Bob
Hoskins, Julia Roberts, Maggie Smith, Robin Williams; Peter Pan (2003),
dir. by P.J. Hogan, starring Jeremy Sumpter, Jason Isaacs, Rachel
Hurd-Wood, Ludvine Sagnier
Obituary June 26, 1937. The Illustrated London News.
IN ROYAL WORDS - "UNIVERSALLY MOURNED": THE AUTHOR OF "PETER PAN."
The nation's sorrow at the passing of Sir James Barrie, who died in London on June 19, aged seventy-seven, was expressed in the King's message of sympathy to Mr. Peter Davies (as a boy the original of "Peter Pan). "His loss," said the King, "will be universally mourned, for his writing has brought joy and inspiration to young and old alike." James Matthew Barrie was born on May 9, 1860, at Kirriemuir, Forfarshire, a town he afterwards immortalized as Thrums. He was one of ten children of a hand-loom weaver, who managed to give him a good education, eventually at Edinburgh University, of which, in 1930, he became Chancellor. Barrie began his career in journalism, on the "Nottingham Daily Journal," but soon gravitated to London. In 1888 he published "Auld Licht Idylls," followed by "When A Man's Single," and "A Window On Thrums." In 1891 came "The Little Minister," which in 1897, in dramatic form, established him as a successful playwright. "Peter Pan" appeared in 1904, an ever since has been an annual institution. In 1929 Barrie presented all rights in it to the Children's Hospital. Among his numerous other plays are "The Professor's Love Story," "Quality Street," "The Admirable Crichton," "Dear Brutus," "Mary Rose," and "The Boy David." In 1913 he received a baronetcy and in 1922 the Order of Merit.
Better known as J.M. Barrie, the author of Peter Pan, but called Jamie by his family. Jamie was the ninth of ten children. His father, David Barrie, was a weaver, and his mother, Margaret Ogilvey, was the daughter of a stonemason. Jamie grew up to become a prolific writer (see below for a selected list of his works), and gifted us with Peter Pan which celebrated it's 100th Anniversary in 2004! But, did you know that Peter Pan actually is 2 years older? Peter Pan made his first appearance by name in 1902 in Barrie's The Little White Dove, Chapter 14! It was a first-person narrative about a wealthy bachelor clubman's attachment to a little boy, David. Taking this boy for walks in Kensington Gardens, the narrator tells him of Peter Pan, who can be found in the Gardens at night. Peter Pan was produced on stage as a play in 1904, but it was several years before it appeared in print and it was not until 1911 that the story was printed in narrative form as Peter and Wendy.
Links to the Gutenberg Project's On-line Versions of Mr. Barrie's works are provided in the bibliography of selected works below!