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J. M. Barrie
This is a brief discussion of J. M. Barrie and, of course, of some speculative-fiction books by Barrie.
This discussion and list does not necessarily include every book by Barrie: it includes only those books that I both know and like. Just as with the author list itself, omission of a particular item may mean I didn’t think highly enough of the omitted item, or it may simply mean that I have not yet sufficient familiarity with it. (In a very few cases, I have listed some books merely on the strength of my opinion of the author: all such books are clearly marked below, as throughout these lists, with a hash mark (#) before the title so you know what’s what.)
I don’t pretend that this discussion is a deep analysis. My intent is no more than to give you a rough idea of what kinds of tales Barrie tells, how those tales are usually told, and what makes them and Barrie worthy; in sum, to help you rank J. M. Barrie (and the works by Barrie listed here) on your personal literary “to do” list.
This page has not been updated in a long while; consequently, external links (if any) may lead to dead or moribund pages. I am now cleaning up these pages as fast as I can, but I am one man and it may take me a while to get to every page needing link checking (or even the “Other Resources” section added). Sorry. Please be patient.
A Few Words About J. M. Barrie
Regrettably, I have not yet had an opportunity to write an essay on this author, but the "Other Resources" section below will lead you to some information about the "Notable Books" listed
farther down this page.
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Other J. M. Barrie Resources
J. M. Barrie Resources on the Web
Peter Pan being so stupendously well known, it is not surprising that there are numerous Barrie sites and pages. The foremost dedicated sites include ANON: the J. M. Barrie Society's Homepage; the plainly titled site jmbarrie.co.uk; and Sir James Matthew
Barrie (a site by David Skipper, who plays Barrie in a one-man stage show).
Of the seemingly countless individual pages, perhaps the most utile are J. M. Barrie
at the unfailing Author's Calendar site; James M. Barrie at The Literature
Network; J.M Barrie and Peter Pan by Terri Windling in the Winter 2005
issue of the Mythic Journal; "Lost Boys: Why J. M.
Barrie created Peter Pan" by Anthony Lane in The New Yorker; and "Conan
Doyle and James M. Barrie" at The Chronicles of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
An especially interesting--if in a morbid way--aspect of Barrie's life was explored in Piers Dudgeon's book Captivated (subtitled The Dark Side of Never Never Land); it
received and various extensive reviews, with corollary comments on its subject, from (at least) Justine Picardie in the Telegraph, Frances Wilson in The Sunday Times,
Tony Rennell in the Mail, and an anonymous reviewer in The Scotsman. In connection with that topic, worth examining for a credible-sounding summary is Cecil Adams' column "Was the author of Peter Pan a
That is not even close to an exhaustive list of even the longer online articles concerning Barrie, but I reckon it's quite enough to be going along with. For more, as always Google Is
J. M. Barrie Resources in Print
Among the many out there are these:
J. M. Barrie and the Lost Boys: The Real Story Behind Peter Pan, by Andrew Birkin
The Peter Pan Chronicles: The Nearly 100 Year History of "the Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up" by Bruce K. Hanson
Captivated: The Dark Side of Never Never Land, by Piers Dudgeon
J. M. Barrie's Peter Pan, In and Out of Time: A Children's Classic at
100 , Donna R. White and C. Anita Tarr, editors
Barrie: The Story of a Genius, by J. A. Hammerton
The Story of J.M.B. (Sir James Barrie), by Denis Mackail
Fifty Years of Peter Pan, by R. L. Green
Portrait of Barrie, by Cynthia Asquith
J. M. Barrie, by R. L. Green
J. M. Barrie: The Man Behind the Image, by Janet Dunbar
The Case of Peter Pan, by J. Rose
J. M. Barrie, by Leonée Ormond
J. M. Barrie: The Magic Behind Peter Pan, by Susan Bivin Aller
Peter Pan: The Story of Lost Childhood, by Kathleen Kelley-Laine
Hide-and-Seek with Angels: A Life of J. M. Barrie, by Lisa Chaney
There is also a curiosity, a quasi-biographical novel The
Thursday Book: A tale of JM Barrie and the real lost boys by Rodrigo Fresan (translated from the Spanish by Natasha Wimmer), which sounds quite interesting: "a generous,
rambling novel that owes a great deal to the magic-realist tradition, with its interlinked stories, improbable events and exaggerated coincidences. Full of allusions, wordplay and
jokes . . . Fresan is a brilliant writer . . . ." (Michael Eaude in The Independent.)
Notable Science-Fiction and Fantasy Books by J. M. Barrie **
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