Sentimental Tommy and its sequel Tommy and Grizel are both available in Society Editions with Introductions by Society member Dr Sarah Green.
Tommy Sandys is a fictional tour de force. Beyond offering a 'prototype' for Peter Pan, Sentimental Tommy was recognised in its day as 'a book of genius' and 'a melancholy portrait'. 'Technically as well as in its combination of insight and emotion, this book stands highest amongst Mr Barrie's achievements' (A.T.Quiller Couch 1896). Along with its sequel we learn about boys and 'growing up'. But we can learn much more than that. Barrie's narrative skill in manipulating his characters, and narrator, is matched by his skill in manipulating his readers, giving a significant and nuanced view of the word 'sentiment'. As Dr Green states, Sentimental Tommy 'is always raising such questions, rewarding multiple and careful re-readings'.
The sequel Tommy and Grizel - whose 'wonderful description of the devious mazes in the mind of this spoiled, selfish child genius will surely rank as one of his creator's greatest achievements (Daily News 1900) is a tour de force of narrative flexibility and mutability. Dr Green observes 'It is also both a masterpiece and criticism of the genre. It deserves to be recognised as one of the supreme achievements of late Victorian literature.'
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