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JMBarrie / J.M. Barrie and the Ballets Russes
« Last post by Gabriela on March 08, 2018, 10:45:09 AM »
Hello All,

I am a doctoral candidate in English Literature, and I'm currently writing on J.M. Barrie and the Ballets Russes.  I was wondering if anyone had any knowledge of the extent of Barrie's familiarity with Diaghilev's company.  He of course collaborated with Tamara Karsavina, one of the founding members of the Ballets Russes, in The Truth About the Russian Dancers, but I am hoping to ascertain his knowledge of particular works within the Ballets Russes' repertoire. 

So far I have evidence that he attended the Ballets Russes' 1919 summer season, and that he attended the ballet on 21 May 1919 with his sister and Audrey Lucas.  Unfortunately this was a Wednesday, so there was both a matinee (at 2:30) and an evening (at 8:30) performance this day.  Does anyone have any suggestions as to how I might go about ascertaining which performance he attended? 

From the script of The Truth About the Russian Dancers we know that Barrie was familiar with La Boutique fantasque, but I'm keen to discover which other ballets may have influenced/informed his play.

JMBarrie / Re: Thesis on J.M. Barrie
« Last post by Elena_SC on February 02, 2018, 12:31:09 PM »
Hi Valentina,
I graduated in December 2016 and I have to say I was very happy with my thesis.
Although your suggestion was too late for that, I have decided to try and make Barrie's other works known in Italy. I'm currently translating "Courage" and I hope someone will be interested in publishing it. Thank you so much for your suggestion, I hope I will be able to use the article for my next project =D

Database / Re: Notebooks
« Last post by mikelodeon on January 24, 2018, 10:10:55 AM »
Is there any news about the transcriptions of the "Fairy" notes in the web archives?
I´m from Spain and it´s impossible to go to the Beinecke Library to consult the notes.

Thank you.
Peter Pan / Re: Is PETER PAN in the public domain?
« Last post by Brutus on January 13, 2018, 01:45:02 PM »
Hi. Actually, that's not quite right: it is only in the US that the play is still in copyright, but not the novel. In the UK (and the rest of Europe), ALL works by Barrie are out of copyright.

Great Ormond Street Hospital have a right to royalty on all commercial productions and adaptations on the original story (granted uniquely by the Copyright Designs & Patents Act of 1988) but this does not apply to sequels, prequels or other derivative works in the UK. So no royalties would be due on your pantomime, as it's a sequel..

The only thing I would warn against is using in your sequel elements that originate from other non-Barrie sources e.g. Disney, Spielberg's Hook, Peter and the Starcatchers etc, which would  come under a different copyright. 

Good luck with it!
Peter Pan / Re: Is PETER PAN in the public domain?
« Last post by flikaline on January 11, 2018, 11:44:11 AM »
This thread has been very useful to me.

So from what I can work out here in the UK the book is out of copyright but the play isn't, or at least it has to be paid royalties.

I have started writing a pantomime sequel to the book but I can't quite work out if it were performed if royalties would need to be paid or not.
Peter Pan / Re: Peter Pan / Maude Adams painting... a great mystery unfolds...
« Last post by flikaline on January 11, 2018, 11:34:12 AM »
I seem to have got redirected here when I opened the link to a discussion about Peter Pan's copyright. I can't delete my post so I am just putting this instead.
JMBarrie / Inscription in book
« Last post by wendymewendy on December 07, 2017, 11:19:21 AM »
 I have a 1911 , first edition of Peter and Wendy that has a handwritten inscription just inside the cover.
 It is to Florence and signed Peter Pan,

I wondered if this could be from Barrie to Florence Hardy.
There are also notations on some pages.
I am new to this forum and have been unable to upload a photo of the page.
JMBarrie / Re: Furniture from Barrie's Adelphi flat
« Last post by Cate on November 24, 2017, 08:34:40 AM »
Dear Caroline

I have just read your post about the arm chair and coincidentally will be meeting with the design team including architect, interpretation experts and interior designer today.  We are discussing detailed plans for the layout, decoration and furniture at Moat Brae where we will be opening a National Centre for Children's Literature and Storytelling inspired by JM Barrie's time here.  Moat Brae was his 'enchanted land' and he spent the 'happiest days' of his life in Dumfries. 

Our plans including creating a visitor attraction where we will tell the story of these happiest days, the early inspiration and influences on Barrie as well as celebrating his work, particularly Peter Pan.

If you would like to discuss the possibility of the chair being enjoyed in this very special place please contact me at

Best wishes
Catherine Colwell
General topic / Re: Filming Locations of the Lost Boys
« Last post by BradleyP on October 10, 2017, 04:19:08 PM »
That's so interesting, Dani. Thanks for sharing that piece of information. I never knew that.
JMBarrie / Why does Barrie refer to specific books in many of his works?
« Last post by Rosalind Ridley on September 29, 2017, 09:35:38 AM »
J M Barrie often appears on his own works, some of which are overtly autobiographical, while in other works he is present as the narrator. But parts of his personality can also be seen in other characters e.g. Peter can be seen as Barrie’s fantasy of himself as a child. Several well-known books are mentioned in Barrie’s work and they are often not an essential part of the plot, suggesting that the books are there for some other reason. Captain Hook is described and having a copy of Roget’s Thesaurus, one of Barrie’s favourite works; Chrichton has the only book on the Island – a poetry book by W. E. Henley, where Henley was Barrie’s good friend; and, in Auld Licht Idylls, one man sheltering in a bothy has a copy of one of Darwin’s books, where I would argue that many post-Darwinian themes about human nature appear in Barrie’s books. Does Barrie sometimes indicate that a particular fictional character is, in fact, himself by making him the only character with a book? Can anyone think of other books that act as ‘badges’ indicating that the character is a personification of the author?
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