A life in minia­ture

Country Life Every Week - - Letters To The Editor -

READERS may be amused by the au­to­bi­og­ra­phy of J. M. Barrie writ­ten for the li­brary of the Queen’s Doll’s House (above, Novem­ber 30). The tiny leather-bound man­u­script has a chap­ter on each page spread and reads:

Sir J. M. Barrie O. M. Au­to­bi­og­ra­phy

March 1922 Chap­ter I At Six ’twas thus I wrote my name, James Barrie Chap­ter II At twelve it was not quite the same, James M. Barrie Chap­ter III At twenty thus, with a ca­ress, James M. Barrie Chap­ter IV At thirty I ad­mired it less, Jas M. Barrie Chap­ter V At forty-five it was so, J. M. Barrie Chap­ter VI And soon I think the M will go, J Barrie Chap­ter VII (L’en­voie) One tear for twenty’s youth­ful swank

And then the name be­comes a blank. John Goodall, COUN­TRY LIFE Ar­chi­tec­tural Editor

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