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After We Went to Our First REAL Play

About the Story

After We Went to Our First REAL Play

J.M. Barrie is a Scottish novelist and playwright who is best know for his 1904 play Peter Pan, or the Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up, which he later adapted into the children’s novel Peter and Wendy (1911). Barrie was ninth of 10 children and his father was a weaver. Barrie was shy and introverted and considered short at just 5’3” tall. As a child, Barrie loved to read books and set his mind to becoming an author, which his family discouraged. Barrie worked as a journalist before publishing his first novel, Auld Licht Idylls, in 1888. Barrie and his wife Mary Ansell divorced in 1909 after Ansell refused to end her affair with one of Barrie’s associates, Gilbert Cannan. Even after Ansell and Cannan married, Barrie continued to support Ansell by giving her an annual allowance every year on Ansell and Barrie’s wedding anniversary. Before his death in 1937, Barrie had written dozens of novels and plays and had a host of literary friends including Robert Louis Stevenson, George Bernard Shaw, H.G. Wells, Thomas Hardy, and Arthur Conan Doyle.