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Margaret Ogilvy

Margaret Ogilvy
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Literary Form
non fiction
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Margaret Ogilvy
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Margaret Ogilvy (1897) is a biography by J. M. Barrie. Although he is more widely known as a popular storyteller whose Peter Pan books are filled with the wit and wonder of history's greatest fairytales, Barrie was also a gifted memoirist and biographer. Margaret Ogilvy is the story of his mother and their life as a family in Scotland. Written in tribute to her influence on his life as a professional writer, Margaret Ogilvy was a bestselling book in the United States. "On the day I was born we bought six hair-bottomed chairs, and in our little house it was an event, the first great victory in a woman's long campaign; how they had been laboured for, the pound-note and the thirty threepenny-bits they cost, what anxiety there was about the purchase, the show they made in possession of the west room, my father's unnatural coolness when he brought them in…" From the remnants of memory, J. M. Barrie attempts to reconstruct his mother's life. He begins with tragedy, the death of his older brother, an event which changed his mother forever. From then on, he writes, "she got her soft face and her pathetic ways and her large charity," but before she could turn her loss into positive energy she struggled immensely with what would now be called depression. As he tries to express his gratitude for her sacrifice and support, Barrie crafts a loving portrait of the woman who gave him life. With a beautifully designed cover and professionally typeset manuscript, this edition of J. M. Barrie's Margaret Ogilvy is a classic work of Scottish literature reimagined for modern readers
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