The 1917 Author's Edition of A Window in Thrums & An Edinburgh Eleven by J. M. Barrie. Volume III of The Novels, Tales & Sketches of J. M. Barrie.
Written by J. M. Barrie. Frontispiece illustrated by J. Bernard Partridge. Author's Edition, 1917. Charles Scribner's Sons, New York.
A WINDOW IN THRUMS
The House on the Brae
"On the bump of green round which the brae twists, at the top of the brae, and withing cry the T'nowhead Farm, still stands a one-story house, whose whitewashed walls, streaked with the discoloration that rain leaves, look yellow when the snow comes. In the old days the stiff ascent left Thrums behind, and where is now the making of a suburb was only a poor row of dwellings and a manse, with Hendry's cot to watch the brae. The house stood bare, without a shrub, in a garden whose paling did not go all the way round, the potato pit being only kept out of the road, that here sets off southward, by a broken dyke of stones and earth. On each side of the slate-coloured door was a window of knotted glass. Ropes were flung over the thatch to keep the roof on in wind."
Barrie wove the stories his mother told of her hometown in Scotland into his first three novels: Auld Licht Idylls (1888), A Window in Thrums (1890), and The Little Minister (1891).
In A Window in Thrums, Jess McQumpha, too disabled to leave the comforts of home, sits at the window looking out at the world and reels a running commentary on the life of Thrums. "Barrie’s sympathetic ability to see how inseparable are humor and pathos makes his characters living and human."
AN EDINBURGH ELEVEN
"The first time I ever saw Lord Rosebery was in Edinburgh when I was a student, and I flung a clod of earth at him. He was a peer; those were my politics.
"I missed him, and I have heard a good many journalists say since then that he is a difficult man to hit. One who began by liking him and is now scornful, which is just the reverse process from mine, told me the reason why. He had some brochures to write on the Liberal leaders, and got on nicely till he reached Lord Rosebery, where he stuck. In vain he walked round his lordship, looking for an opening. The man was naturally indignant; he is the father of a family."
An Edinburgh Eleven is a series of sketches, using a cricket analogy, of eminent Edinburgh students, some who lived to prominence, some who were only prominent in their day.
Scottish novelist and playwright James Matthew "J. M." Barrie (1860 - 1937) wrote The Little White Bird, in which we first meet Peter Pan, Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens, the play Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up, and the novel, Peter and Wendy.
At his death, Barrie bequeathed all rights to Peter Pan, and the proceeds, to the Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital. Through thick and thin, and copyright expirations and renewals, Peter Pan continues to watch over the hospital's children.
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Condition*: Very Good. Lacks dust jacket, as issued. Green cloth gold-embossed cover boards: Sunning of spine, with small closed tears and chipping at the head and tail. Inside: Bookplate on bottom left corner of front pastedown; light tanning of deckle edges. The unopened pages remain unopened.
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