80 years ago today on the 19th June 1937 - Sir J.M.Barrie died. Ironically for a journalist turned novelist/dramatist, Barrie died late Saturday 19th June – too late for the papers.
The Saturday Edition of the Dundee Courier reported that he had ‘gained a little strength throughout the day and his condition is less critical.’
The news broke on Monday 21st June with a raft of obituaries in the press.
His funeral was held in Kirriemuir on Thursday 24th June at Kirriemuir.
At the time of his death, while his talent and 'genius' were acknowledged, the 'style' of a lot of his work was less appreciated and of course it is from such sources that generations of literary critiques are made.
Now, 80 years on, I suggest it is long overdue that we re-appraise his work - by going back to the texts themselves. It's time for a new generation to 'discover' all that there is to love about Barrie's writing and for those whose view has been dimmed or blurred by generations of 'fashion statements' or debates about the 'high' and 'low' brow nature of fiction - time to engage with him first hand. You may be very pleasantly surprised.
There's never been a better time for a visit to Thrums! And from today you can buy the J.M.Barrie Literary Society's new paperback edition of Auld Licht Idylls, A Window in Thrums and Margaret Ogilvy.
Buy Direct from the unco online book store HERE
or get it free (UK only) with a membership of J.M.Barrie Literary Society HERE