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The Admirable Crichton

By: J. M. Barrie
Published By: Double9 Books
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J. M. Barrie wrote the humorous theater drama The Admirable Crichton in 1902. James Crichton, a polymath, and athlete who lived in the 16th century, was a fellow Scot who earned the nickname. Barrie adopted it as his own. The epigram-loving Ernest is presumably a parody of The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde's main character. The plot may have been inspired by Ludwig Fulda's Robinson's Eiland, a German play written in 1896. A group of Berlin officials—including a capitalist, a professor, and a journalist—are shipwrecked on an island where a secretary named Arnold naturally assumes the role of a group leader. The story is described as "a satire upon modern super-culture in its relation to primal nature." However, the modern critic Arthur Bingham Walkley dismissed the association as little more than gossip, saying, "I feel absolutely indifferent as to its truth." Barrie had considered a more contentious conclusion, especially one that saw Crichton and Lady Mary rekindling their romance, but she had determined that "the stalls wouldn't stand it." Charles Frohman was in charge of the production, which debuted on November 4 at the Duke of York's Theatre in London and ran for 828 exceedingly well-received performances.

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J. M. Barrie

Scottish author Sir James Matthew Barrie, 1st Baronet, is most known for creating Peter Pan. He was also a playwright. He was raised and educated in Scotland before relocating to London, where he penned a number of well-received books and plays. There, he met the Llewelyn Davies brothers, who later served as the inspiration for his works Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up, a 1904 West End "fairy play," about an ageless boy and an ordinary girl named Wendy who have adventures in the fantasy setting of Neverland. The story of a baby boy who has magical adventures in Kensington Gardens was first included in Barrie's 1902 adult novel The Little White Bird. Despite his ongoing success as a writer, Peter Pan eclipsed all of his earlier works and is credited with making the name Wendy well-known. After the deaths of the Davies boys' parents, Barrie adopted them clandestinely. George V created Barrie a baronet on June 14, 1913, and in the New Year's Honours of 1922, he was inducted into the Order of Merit.

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Product Details

  • Publisher: Double 9 Books
  • Publishing Year: 2023
  • Language: English
  • Paperback: 88 Pages
  • ISBN-10: 9357482113
  • ISBN-13: 9789357482110
  • Item Weight: 105.6g
  • Dimension : 216 x 140 x 5.31 mm
  • Country of Origin : India
  • Reading age : 10+
  • Importer: Double 9 Books
  • Packer: Double 9 Books
  • Book Type : Fiction / Classics ,Fiction / Literary