So this article popped up. Once again, the integrity and intentions of a man who worked children is being called into question. It makes some pretty startling accusations about our beloved Sir J. M. Barrie. I cannot speak fully on the veracity of what the article suggests. But I will say that I, for one, do not believe them. Yes, I had been fully aware of the “disturbing passages” and nature of The Little White Bird. I can’t say that a little alarm didn’t go off in my head as I read it. But then I remembered to see it with the vantage point of all the other information available. I agree with one of the ideas put forth in the article. Barrie did not try to elevate children to adult desires, rather he tried to return himself to their level.
As for the matter of Jenny/Jimmy (article will explain) I must say I wonder about this one. But perhaps here it is my adoration that does not want to think ill. Then again, have you ever seen Barrie’s handwriting? Maybe he didn’t read or copy it properly…misunderstandings do occur without motive.
I hope this article does not taint your view of the great man. As I said, I do not believe in his being lecherous. Not out of a blind love, but from having done research myself during my college credit Independent Study of Barrie.
Either way, his contributions to theatre and literature cannot be denied.
Furthermore, why are people so insistent on finding potential sickness behind the artists of the past? Doesn't that say something more about the current state of mind than theirs?