1952: The Admirable Crichton, by J. M. Barrie

By (author)J. M. Barrie


“The Admirable Crichton,” a play written by J. M. Barrie, was first performed in 1902. J. M. Barrie, best known for creating “Peter Pan,” crafted this work as a social commentary wrapped in a comedic format. The play stands out for its satirical take on class distinctions and social structures in Edwardian society.

The plot revolves around the character of Crichton, a competent and resourceful butler serving the aristocratic Loam family. The central event of the play is a shipwreck that leaves Crichton and the Loams stranded on a deserted island. In this new setting, away from the rigid class structures of British society, Crichton’s practical skills and leadership qualities come to the fore. He becomes the natural leader of the group, reversing the traditional servant-master relationship. This role reversal is central to the play’s exploration of class dynamics and the question of whether social hierarchies are a product of nature or nurture.

“The Admirable Crichton” is characterized by Barrie’s signature wit and clever dialogue. The play humorously yet thoughtfully examines the artificiality of social status and the true nature of nobility and competence. It poses philosophical questions about equality and the inherent worth of individuals, irrespective of their social standing.

The play was well-received and has been adapted into various forms, including films and television, testament to its enduring appeal. “The Admirable Crichton” remains a significant work in the canon of British theatre for its engaging narrative, its critique of social structures, and its insightful observations on human nature and societal norms.

The Admirable Crichton, by J. M. Barrie, illustrated by Hugh Thomson, published by University of London Press in London in 1952. 142 pages.

Blue hardcover volume with printed ornamentation and lettering on cover and spine. considerable fading to outer portion of cover and spine (sun exposure). Some rubbing and general wear to cover.
Owner inscribed on inside front cover. No other writing in the book. Very well bound. Moderate fading to page colour due to age of the book. Good to very good condition.

Weight .19 kg
Dimensions 20 × 13 × 2 cm



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