Member Elena Silvestri Cecinelli (who edited and wrote the introduction to our Society Volume 'My Lady Nicotine and other short works') is working on a Society edition of Ibsen's Ghost and other plays.
If anyone has comments or contributions to make to this, please do so below:
Members are entitled to a free copy of our annual Society Journal Anon. International members receive a downloadable version, and this is also available online to UK members at no cost. To get purchasing links click HERE
Our inaugural Journal was titled: Perspectives on Barrie (2017) while Volume 2 (2018) is titled Making Connections. The journals have an eclectic mix of commentary and review, as well as re-publishing of some of Barrie's own lesser known works.
We are currently working on the Third Volume which will be published on May 9th 2020 to mark Barrie's 160th birthday and is titled: Man and Boy. If you would like to contribute a piece please look at the Journal page for more information. Note that all contributors are eligible for free annual membership!
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.'
Available in a Society Edition, edited with an Introduction by member Elena Silvestri Cecinelli.
This insight into the early writing of J.M.Barrie was described by contemporaries thus:
'Work of such delicate humour as this is too good to be buried in any newspaper, however literary, and those who laughed over the doings of the little band of votaries of the 'Arcadia' mixture will be glad to renew their acquaintance with Jimmy, and Gilray, and William John, while those who have not read the fugitive essays may congratulate themselves on having so capitvating a book before them.' (The Graphic, 1890)
Our Society edition includes a number of other Barrie short stories, including:
Our first Society edition Auld Licht Idylls, A Window in Thrums and Margaret Ogilvy offers the reader the opportunity to explore 'Thrums' (Barrie's fictional version of Kirriemuir) in all its 'glory.' In all three we see fiction and fact melded together, sometimes humorously, sometimes uncomfortably, as Barrie represents a version of the world known to his mother and largely derived from the stories they shared in his childhood.
Our Society edition places these two loose biographical works together. In An Edinburgh Eleven Barrie reflects upon the men who influenced his time as a student at Edinburgh University, while in A Greenwood Hat he offers a less than reliable, and unashamedly fictionalised autobiography.
Our Society Edition includes prose and dramatic versions of bachelorhood Barrie style. The prose of When a Man's Single is transformed into the dramatic bestseller Walker, London showing Barrie at his flexible best. We also include two other, harder to find, stories: the serials The Superflous Man and Young Men I have Met, giving the reader the opportunity to develop an understanding of Barrie's style, method and substance beyond the 'bestseller'. These go to show that there are no 'small' stories in Barrie's armoury - and that the more widely and deeply you read his works, the more insight you will gain.
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