Echoes of the War

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Read Books, 2008 - Fiction - 196 pages
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This scarce book contains a wonderful collection of short stories written by J. M. Barrie, including: The Old Lady Shows Her Medals, The New World, Barbara s Wedding, and A Well-Remembered Voice. A wonderful collection that will greatly appeal to fans and collectors of Barrie s work, Echoes of War is a compendium with obvious literary value and rightly deserves a place atop any bookshelf. This book was originally published in 1920 and is proudly republished here complete with a new prefatory biography of the author. Sir James Matthew Barrie (9 May 1860 19 June 1937) was a Scottish author and dramatist, most famous for writing the wonderful children s story Peter Pan. Elected for republication due to its historic and literary value, it is hoped that this text can be enjoyed in years to come as it once was at the time of its original publication.

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About the author (2008)

James Matthew Barrie, the creator of Peter Pan, was born on May 9, 1860, in Kirriemuir, Angus, Scotland. His idyllic boyhood was shattered by his brother's death when Barrie was six. His own grief and that of his mother influenced the rest of his life. Through his work, he sought to recapture the carefree joy of his first six years. Barrie came to London as a freelance writer in 1885. His early fiction, Auld Licht Idylls (1888) and A Window in Thrums (1889), were inspired by his youth in Kirriemuir. After publishing a biography of his mother Margaret Ogilvy and the autobiographical novel Sentimental Tommy, about a boy living in a dream world (1896), he concentrated on writing plays. The Admirable Crichton (1902), the story of a butler who becomes king of a desert island, helped to establish Barrie's reputation as a playwright. Meanwhile, he began to relive his childhood by telling the first Peter Pan stories to the sons of his friend, Sylvia Llewellyn Davies. The play Peter Pan was first performed in 1904 and published as a novel seven years later. Its imaginative drama, featuring the eternal boy's triumph over the grownup Captain Hook, idealizes childhood and underscores adults' inability to regain it. These resonant themes made it a classic of world literature. Barrie's later work shows his increasingly cynical view of adulthood, particularly in Dear Brutus (1917). Often considered his finest play, it concerns nine men and women whose caprices destroy a miraculous opportunity to relive their lives. Barrie married the former Mary Ansell in 1894. They divorced in 1909, never having any children. Barrie died in London on June 19, 1937.

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