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I Biography of James Matthew Barrie-the author J M Barrie was born May 9 1960 in Kirriemuir Scotland Margaret Oglivy raised him in the midst of 10 other children the mother he adored When Barrie was six his older brother David the mothers favorite died and Barrie spent the rest of his childhood trying to replace his brother for his mourning mother This attempt to replace a forever-young David would take its toll on the rest of Barries adult life and his writing Barrie could be described as small and shy As a man he stood little more than five feet was quiet and awkward around women Fortunately for Barrie he was a success as a writer He got his start as a writer for the Nottingham Journal after graduating from Edinburgh University Before this time though Barrie had already been captivated by the theater and after having short stories and several successful books published Barrie finally wrote his first play--Ibsenss Ghost 1891 He followed this with Walker London during the production of which he met his future wife--the actress--Mary Ansell Barrie wrote Peter Pan as a tribute to the sons of his friends Sylvia and Arthur Llewelyn Davies It was distinctly different from the previous more mature material that Barrie had written and would write Peter Pan was a fantasy but not any mere fairy tale Like Peter Pan himself Barrie was a boy who refused to grow up Barrie took such elements of life as his awkwardness with yet dependence opon women his love of children and his own longing for childhood and shaped them into one of the best-loved stories of all time Peter Pan was Barries greatest success In 1912 he turned it into a book called Peter and Wendy However after writing Peter Pan he went on to write more plays What Every Woman Knows 1906 Dear Brutus 1917 and Mary Rose 1920 were all very
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