J.M. Barrie

J.M. Barrie

The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease for ever to be able to do it.

J.M. Barrie
Author

Sir James Matthew Barrie, 1st Baronet (1860-1937), was a Scottish novelist and playwright, best remembered today as the creator of Peter Pan. He was born and educated in Scotland, graduating from the University of Edinburgh with an M.A in literature, and then moved to London, where he wrote a number of successful novels and plays. In London, he met Arthur and Sylvia Llewelyn Davies and their boys, who inspired him to write 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. Although he continued to write successfully after that, Peter Pan overshadowed his other work. Barrie unofficially adopted the Davies boys following the deaths of their parents; he was made a baronet by George V in 1913, and a member of the Order of Merit in the 1922 New Year Honours. Before his death, he gave the rights to the Peter Pan works to Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children in London, which continues to benefit from them.