J. M. Barrie

Author of Peter Pan and Wendy

J.M. Barrie was born in 1860. After graduating from the University of Edinburgh in 1882, he began work as a journalist and later moved to London. Although he married, the union was not a happy one and he was divorced some years later; thereafter, Barrie devoted himself to his writing and to the five Llewellyn Davies boys, to whom he was legal guardian. Peter Pan, his most enduring work, was first performed in 1904 and immediately captured the imagination of both children and adults alike – so much so that Barrie reissued the play in novel form in 1911. In 1929, he donated all his rights from Peter Pan to Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital.