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Crichton, James

(krī`tən), 1560?–1583?, Scottish adventurer and scholar, called the Admirable Crichton. A graduate of the Univ. of St. Andrews, he spent some time in France, possibly in military service. By 1579 he was in Italy, where he attracted attention by his scholarly accomplishments and personal charm. Reputedly he spoke 12 languages and displayed amazing erudition and powers of memory in public disputations. He entered the service of a Mantuan nobleman as tutor to his son and was slain by his charge in a street brawl. His fame is due to the extravagant praise given him by Aldus Manutius (grandson of the famous printer of the same name) and by his 17th-century biographer, Sir Thomas Urquhart.
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The impact of Nietzsche on Barrie, for instance, cannot be directly proved, and what the discussion here really amounts to is Jack reading Nietzsche and reading Barrie and forging connections where their material might seem to show a degree of overlap--such as the 'Will-to-Power' theme he finds in The Admirable Crichton. This was very much his approach to the 'influence' of Poliziano on Henryson's Orpheus and Eurydice.
Work by Alfred Priest stands out and visitors can see Verdure Piece, a detailed work showing the hues of a Scottish pond complete with ducks, and The Admirable Crichton, a historical scene showing a 16th century member of the Bute family with the Duke of Mantua.
So on November 11, 1911, on a stage festooned with chrysanthemums, the new repetory company performed its first play - JM Barrie's The Admirable Crichton - after a reading of a poem John Masefield had written for the occasion: "Here in this house, to-night, our city makes, Something which must not fail for all our sakes, For we begin what men have been too blind, To build elsewhere, a temple for the mind."
My plays include The Admirable Crichton and Quality Street and I created the children's character Peter Pan.
If you're looking for an honest, hard-working builder who doubles as the Admirable Crichton, I think I've found him.
Rolline Frewen, 46, director of The Admirable Crichton, which has catered at events staged by Prince Charles for the last six years, said: "He has never specifically asked for ingredients only from this country.
Tuesday: The Admirable Crichton (Channel 4, 1.20pm) What's It About?
Works including Quality Street and The Admirable Crichton soon established him as a major talent and by the time he was 30, he was well on his way to becoming a millionaire.
When his new play, The Admirable Crichton, fails to woo audiences on its 1902 opening night, writer JM Barrie (Depp) surrenders to self-doubt.