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(Playwright) Sir James Matthew Barrie, born the ninth of ten children in Kirriemuir, Scotland on May 9, 1860, was a journalist, playwright, and novelist. His life was marked by a long friendship with Sylvia Llwelyn Davies and her five sons, to whom he dedicated the play that propelled him to international fame: Peter Pan, or the Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up (1904), and the subsequent story Peter and Wendy (1911). Barrie attended Edinburgh University and began his career as a journalist in London before he turned to writing novels and then plays. His first play, Ibsen’s Ghost, was a well received parody of Ibsen that premiered in London in 1891. He followed it with the successful premieres of more than 50 plays including The Little Minister (1897), Quality Street (1901), The Admirable Crichton (1902), Alice Sit-by-the-Fire (1905), What Every Woman Knows (1908), The Twelve-Pound Look (1911), A Kiss for Cinderella (1916), Dear Brutus (1917) and Mary Rose (1920). A contemporary of G.B. Shaw and H.G. Wells, and a close friend of Arthur Conan Doyle and P.G. Wodehouse, Barrie was one of the most celebrated men of his day. His many honors included a baronetcy, the Order of Merit, the Rectorship of St. Andrew’s University and the Chancellorship of Edinburgh University. Barrie died on June 3, 1937.

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