James Matthew Barrie was born in Kirriemuir Scotland, on May 9, 1860. James received his Master of Arts degree at Edinburgh University. After several years of working as a journalist he moved to London and it is there where Barrie wrote the play Peter Pan.
James’s first marriage ended in divorce after several years. Barrie befriended Arthur and Sylvia Davies and ultimately adopted their five boys. James told his boys tales of a boy who would not grow up. These stories became the basis for Peter Pan and the lost boys of Never Land.
“You see, Wendy, when the first baby laughed for the first time, its laugh broke into a thousand pieces, and they all went skipping about, and that was the beginning of fairies.” Peter Pan is one of those characters who became more famous than his creator. Barrie died on June 19, 1937.