Many thanks to Sara Sass for providing the following guest post:
At the center of a world spinning with the Terry acting family, Barrymore acting family, Red Cross founding, Punch illustration and casual cricket is the playwright and Peter Pan author J. M. Barrie. But who did Barrie rely on for advice as he became a baronet and his career spanned continents? Who was the only person Barrie trusted to write a complete obituary for his beloved ward Michael Llewelyn Davies in 1921? His confidant was E. V. Lucas.
Lucas’ life, beginning in a large British Quaker family in 1868 and ending in a London club in 1938, is covered by my book There Are Some Secrets. Lucas had one daughter, Audrey Lucas, who is still remembered by historians as the lover of Evelyn Waugh. Lucas was a publisher at Methuen, and Evelyn’s father was a publisher at Chapman & Hill. Lucas’ daughter Audrey and “E. V. L.” as he was referred to by his contemporaries and family alike were members of a glittering Edwardian social circle. This group wrote theatre programs featuring Ellen Terry for the newly formed Red Cross effort in World War I. This group also put a mystery writer, A. E. W. Mason, up for election to Parliament as a lark and pulled it off successfully. They spent evenings in and out of London’s Adelphi Terrace, haunted by prostitutes of both genders and all ages.Continue reading