Sir James Mathew Barrie (1860-1937) was a Scottish novelist and playwright. His career began as a journalistic critic while he was at Edinburgh University. His first theatrical success was the farce, The Houseboat. Quality Street and The Admirable Crichton came out in 1902, followed by Peter Pan in 1904. Barrie went on to have a successful career as a versatile writer, but today, he is best remembered as the creator of Peter Pan, a literary character that has continued to delight children for more than a century.
In the century since its debut in London, Peter Pan has come to be regarded as the most classic piece of children's literature of all time. It is the story of the three Darling children's encounter with an ageless boy who teaches them to fly and takes them to the magical island of Neverland inhabited by fairies, lost boys, Red Indians, mermaids, a hungry crocodileanda band of pirates led by the villainous Captain Hook. It is an endearing story of wonder, magic and all the enchantments of childhood that manifest themselves in the world of a boy who refuses to grow up.