This is the author’s edition of “The Novels, Tales and Sketches of J. M. Barrie” published by the Hampshire Edition of The Novels and Letters of Jane Austen was published by Charles Scribner’s Sons, New York in 1912 which is the only American edition of Barrie’s works to be sanctioned by him. Each volume contains and introduction by Barrie prepared especially for this edition. From the author’s preface: "This is the only American edition of my works produced with my sanction, and I have special reasons for thanking Messrs. Scribner for its publication; they let it be seen, by this edition, what are my books, for I know not how many volumes purporting to be by me are in circulation in America which are no books of mine. They consist of scraps collected and published without my knowledge, and I entirely disown them. I have written no books save those that appear in this edition."
The following titles are contained in the collection:
Volume 1 - Auld Light Idylls & Better Dead
Volume 2 - When a Man's Single
Volume 3 - A Window in Thrums and An Edinburgh Eleven
Volumes 4 & 5 - The Little Minister
Volume 6 & 7 - Sentimental Journey
Volume 8 - My Lady Nicotine & Margaret Ogilvy
Volume 9 & 10 - Tommy & Grizel
Volume 11 - Little White Bird
Volume 12 - Peter and Wendy
Each volume measures approximately 8.25” x 5.75 and contains an introduction by Barrie prepared especially for this edition and is accompanied by a frontispiece illustration of the author protected by a tissue guard.
On the 100th anniversary of the publication of Peter Pan, Yale University staged an exhibition entitled “My Heart in Company: The Work of J. M. Barrie and the Birth of Peter Pan” and wrote, “Today, Barrie's fame is largely based on that iconic work of 20th century drama and children's literature, "Peter Pan: The Boy who would not grow up" - a cultural juggernaut that flew into the hearts of theater-goers and readers. During his lifetime, Barrie's greatest reknown was based on a large body of novels, plays, and journalism that made him one of the most popular writers in late Victorian England. Beginning with his best-selling fictionalized memoirs of his childhood in Scotland, "Auld Licht Idylls," and continuing through such runaway stage successes as "Quality Street" and "The Admirable Crichton," Barrie was an undeniable superstar at the turn of the 20th century - in England and America. Always a writer who was interested in the nature of childhood, Barrie's devotion to the young Llewelyn Davies brothers signaled an experiment with form that produced "Peter Pan." The success of "Peter Pan," following its premiere in December 1904, assured Barrie a permanent place in popular culture. Peter Pan spawned an avalanche of keepsakes, novelties, and other products - one so great that this creation eventually overshadowed most of Barrie's other works, including his insightful later plays and essays. The story of Barrie and the Llewelyn Davies family has also entered the realm of legend, having been explored in books, plays, and the recent motion picture, "Finding Neverland."