About the Artist:
J. M. Barrie was a Scottish dramatist, best known for writing Peter Pan (1904), or The Boy Who Would Never Grow Up. Barrie was born the son of Scottish weavers on May 9, 1860, in Kirriemuir, Forfarshire, Scotland. After graduating from Edinburgh University in 1882, Barrie move to London, where he worked as a journalist. He published his first novel, Better Dead, in 1887. Barrie soon had a string of popular novels set in Scotland, including A Window in Thrums (1889).
After having some success with fiction, Barrie began writing plays in 1890s. His play Walker, London was warmly received. The comedy poked fun at the institution of marriage. He got married himself in 1894 to actress Mary Ansell, but it didn't turn out to be a happy union. (The couple later divorced.)
Perhaps to escape his difficult home life, Barrie took to going out for long walks in London's Kensington Gardens, where he met the five Llewelyn Davies brothers in the late 1890s. He found inspiration for his best-known work — Peter Pan — in his friendship with the Davies family. (Barrie would later become the boys' guardian after the death of their parents.)
J. M. Barrie’s novel The Little Minister offers a portrayal of Scottish village life and characters that is a delightful one. Gavin Dishart, untried and tremendously in earnest in his high calling, is given charge of the Auld Licht Manse in Thrums, where he at once becomes the property of all the Kirk and village folk, subject at all times to their fond interference and severe criticism. His experiences are told with the mingling of quaint humor and delicate pathos that characterizes the author. The story of the Little Minister's manly love for and loyal holding to the Egyptian, a fascinating gypsy girl, who crosses his path, is a lovely glimpse of the power of a true man's love; and the awakening of the thoughtless, untamed girl Babby to the deeper meaning of life through her love for Gavin is told with great tenderness and beauty. The plot is a strong one and is given with true dramatic power.
This antique edition of the novel was copyrighted in the United States by American Publishers Corporation in 1897. Though in relatively good vintage condition, there is minor cracking and separation of the book’s hardcovers from their respective end pages. A penciled “X” appears on the frontispiece of the novel. The novel’s pages remain in great condition, hardly yellowed with age, but one page with a black-and-white photograph has separated from the book’s binding. The hardbound covers are in good condition, with only minor crinkling at the top and bottom edges of the spine.
The Little Minister, a powerful drama about the significance of love and dedication, seems so distant from the author’s much beloved tale of a boy who seeks never to grow up, yet it is much deserving of a place on your home library shelf. This is a heart-warming book of great value — a sound investment both for the collector of antique books and the avid reader of exceptional fiction.