Hide-and-Seek with Angels: The Life of J.M. Barrie

Hide-and-Seek with Angels: The Life of J.M. Barrie

When James Matthew Barrie died, in 1937, his funeral was an occasion for national mourning. Crowds gathered; reporters and newsreel men came to record the day, and many well-known figures followed the coffin to its resting place in the little churchyard up on the hill. In London, a month later at St Paul's Cathedral a memorial service was held 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, critical acclaim, an hereditary Baronetcy and the Order of Merit. 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 stigmatising divorce, he was also struck by a series of tragic bereavements from which he never fully recovered. At the same time as 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. In the play, where 'All children except one grow up', Barrie had touched on a universal nerve, the problem of growing up. With Peter Pan he created one of the greatest twentieth-century myths and a work of art quite unlike anything that had gone before. 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.

Title:Hide-and-Seek with Angels: The Life of J.M. Barrie
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780099453239

    Hide-and-Seek with Angels: The Life of J.M. Barrie Reviews

  • Velvetink

    Im on page 62 so far and finding it inspiring. Think fivecats would enjoy this one. ;)Awesome, not only reviews his work of Peter Pan, but many of his (lesser know today) plays and journalism. Good co...

  • Colleen

    I wanted to so much to read this book as I was intrigued with the life of J.M. Barrie. I found this book to be painfully boring. Unfortunately the author went into great detail of things that really w...

  • Vittoria

    I can't find one bad thing to say about this book: Chaney treated the topic of Barrie's life with great care and sensitivity; she discussed the controversy of his relationship with the Davies in a cri...

  • Al

    A very well-written and thoroughly-researched biography of the creator of Peter Pan and a vast number of additional plays at the turn of the 20th century....

  • bookworm

    Interesting insight into his life but also goes into details of the original theatrical production. A fascinating read on the whole...

  • Krissy8503

    The book’s cover is a generic photo of JM Barrie that can be found online with a simple google search. The author shared a very informative view of Barrie’s life and the influences on his writing....

  • Caroline

    The fame of J.M. Barrie's greatest creation has so eclipsed his other works that I would imagine few of us would be able to name a single one other than Peter Pan. To some extent this has obscured wha...

  • Ally

    LOVED this book. I've been studying Barrie since the first time I saw Peter Pan when I was four. It's difficult to find reliable sources, since, as this author notes, Barrie was so different and so mu...

  • Maggie

    This is perhaps the second most over-written book I've ever read. Apparently, neither the editor nor anyone else told (or convinced) Lisa Chaney that just because she has material it doesn't necessari...

  • Dexter

    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...