Barrie, James Matthew

J. M. Barrie, Scottish author and dramatist, 1860-1937

J. M. Barrie is best remembered today as the creator of "Peter Pan". He was educated in Scotland but moved to London, where he developed a career as a novelist and playwright. There he met the Llewelyn Davies boys who inspired him in writing about a baby boy who has magical adventures in Kensington Gardens. "Peter Pan" quickly overshadowed his previous work, although he continued to write successfully, and it became his best-known work, credited with popularising the name Wendy, which was very uncommon previously. "Peter Pan" has been featured in a variety of media and merchandise, both adapting and expanding on Barrie's works.