Hide-and-seek with Angels: A Life of J.M. Barrie

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Arrow, 2006 - 412 Seiten
A fascinating and emotional biography of the man who created Peter Pan. When James Matthew Barrie died, in 1937, his funeral was an occasion for national mourning. Crowds gathered, reporters came to record the day, and many well-known figures followed the coffin to the churchyard. Later, a memorial service was held at St. Paul’s Cathedral for the Scottish weaver’s son who died Britain’s playwright extraordinaire. A succession of novels and long-running plays had brought Barrie enormous wealth and critical acclaim. His public following extended to Hollywood where his work was performed by the stars of the silver screen. Unhappily such achievements did little to ameliorate the strains in Barrie’s private life. Hampered by a stigmatizing divorce, he was also struck by a series of tragic bereavements from which he never fully recovered. While savouring his public image, Barrie gave no more than a handful of interviews. During his lifetime this inscrutable, enigmatic man succeeded in his desire to remain only partially known. Barrie was already famous for sophisticated political satires and social comedies when, with the creation of Peter Pan, his immense artistic gift was displayed at its extraordinary best. It became a part of the common culture of the Western world, and is as relevant today as on that first performance one hundred years ago.

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Nutzerbericht  - PatsyMurray - LibraryThing

I found Chaney's biography of J.M. Barrie absorbing. She describes his early life in detail and explores how his early life in Scotland provided the material for works like A Window in Thrums, and ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

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Nutzerbericht  - BrynDahlquis - LibraryThing

A very indepth and well-done book about Barrie's entire life. It also gives background information on all significant characters in his life and the history of his surroundings, which gives the reader ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

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Its no him its just me ?
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The Happiest Years of His Life
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Literature was my game ?
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Lisa Chaney has lectured and tutored in the history of art and literature, made TV and radio broadcasts on the history of culture, and reviewed and written for journals and newspapers, including the Sunday Times, The Spectator and the Guardian. Her biography of Elizabeth David was published in 1998 to critical acclaim.

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