.Folio Quarterly - Autumn 1992. An article by Andrew Birkin, The Tragedy of Peter Pan, recounts J.M. Barrie's obsessive love of the five Lewelyn Davies boys and their beautiful mother, Sylvia. The top picture shows Sylvia and George, photographed in 1900 by J.M. Barrie. The lower picture is of J.M. Barrie at about the same time. Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie was published by the Society in October 1992.
Sir James Matthew Barrie (9 May 1860 – 19 June 1937) Scottish novelist and playwright. This is the fifth novel written by the author of Peter Pan, preceding it by 14 years. It is a story about a society of pipeweed lovers who share a favorite tobacco - The Arcadia Mixture. Maurice Brazil Prendergast (October 10, 1858 – February 1, 1924) American Post-Impressionist artist who worked in oil, watercolor, and monotype.
J.M. Barrie is related to two books that I love: the first is his fairy tale "Peter Pan". The second is Andrew Birkin's "J.M.Barrie & The Lost Boys", the biography of Barrie: a well documented, moving book that helped me discover many layers of theme to Peter Pan beyond that of a charming story for children. I wonder what Barrie would make of the biography given a note scrawled across the pages of one of his last notebooks "May God blast anyone who writes a biography of me"!