Best known today as creator of Peter Pan, writer and playwright Sir James Matthew Barrie (1860-1937) was born in Kirriemuir, Scotland. He grew up in the shadow of his older brother, David, who died when Barrie was only six years old. An avid reader and storyteller, Barrie knew from an early age that he wanted to be an author. His work, such as the play The Admirable Crichton (1901) was often a vehicle for social commentary. Although he enjoyed a long and successful career, his other works have been eclipsed by his enchanting play, and subsequent novel, Peter Pan.Judith John (glossary) is a writer and editor specializing in literature and history. She has worked as an editor on major educational projects, including English A: Literature for the Pearson International Baccalaureate series. Judith’s major research interests include Romantic and Gothic literature, and Renaissance drama.