Sir James Matthew Barrie (1860-1937) is cherished internationally for his delightful children’s tale Peter Pan, reprised in numerous forms as play, musical, and animated film.
Yet Barrie’s contribution to English literature carries far beyond his Immortal Peter Pan. He established a following as an essayist, achieved great success as a novelist, then turned from the novel to even greater successes in the theatre. There, decades later, works such as The Admirable Crichton and What Every Woman Knows were still being applauded in London’s West End and on Broadway, subsequently pleasing even larger audiences in their film and television versions.
As a successful playwright, Barrie Joined his efforts with those of Bernard Shaw and Harley Granville Barker in helping to establish the ‘theatre of the playwright’, a movement which revolutionised theatrical production by effectively breaking the stranglehold grip of the old ‘star system’ and revitalised the British theatre during the first decade of this century.
Professor Markgraf has assiduously compiled and annotated over 5,000 items relevant to Barrie’s life and work. For decades to come this bibliography will be an essential source of research, not only for scholars who pursue Barrie’s career but for those interested in the era in which he worked.More info →