J. B. Priestley

Standard Name: Priestley, J. B.


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death Dorothy Whipple
J. B. Priestley , who wrote her brief Times obituary, had been out of touch until that year, but had the impression that she had become an invalid.
“The Times Digital Archive 1785-2007”. Thompson Gale: The Times Digital Archive.
(21 September 1966): 12
Friends, Associates Ngaio Marsh
She had a wide circle of friends and contacts both in England and in New Zealand, where she knew everyone in the theatrical world. At her home in Christchurch she entertained visiting celebrities like, in...
Friends, Associates G. B. Stern
Other plums were Max Beerbohm , H. G. Wells , Somerset Maugham , J. B. Priestley , and Humbert Wolfe . Questioned by a reporter about the reason for the party, GBS suggested that she...
Friends, Associates Phyllis Bentley
PB attended a deliciously literary
Bentley, Phyllis. "O Dreams, O Destinations". Gollancz.
dinner party at J. B. Priestley 's Hampstead home, where she met Thornton Wilder , George Doran and A. D. Peters (who was soon to become her literary agent).
Bentley, Phyllis. "O Dreams, O Destinations". Gollancz.
Friends, Associates Dorothy Whipple
Other speakers who came to stay were J. B. Priestley and St John Ervine , who at first talked like a river in spate and ignored his hostess. Later, however, he too, like Priestley, became...
Intertextuality and Influence Elizabeth Jane Howard
They talked enthusiastically to J. B. Priestley about their idea, and a couple of years later he used it in a play of his own.
Howard, Elizabeth Jane. Slipstream. Macmillan.
Leisure and Society Naomi Jacob
NJ claimed it was more practical and more economical to dress in male clothes:
Blain, Virginia et al., editors. The Feminist Companion to Literature in English: Women Writers from the Middle Ages to the Present. Yale University Press; Batsford.
men's tailored suits, generally with a tie, and her hair cropped. (She wore a skirt to Mass.)
Bailey, Paul. Three Queer Lives: An Alternative Biography of Fred Barnes, Naomi Jacob and Arthur Marshall. Hamish Hamilton (Penguin).
She adopted a...
Literary responses Marghanita Laski
The production of this play caused loud controversy. The Times published a scathing critique: Miss Laski seems to have written it more in an excess of public-spirited zeal than out of any creative urgency. Like...
Literary responses Q. D. Leavis
Fiction and the Reading Public was widely reviewed. In the Criterion of July 1932, T. S. Eliot commended its argument: A society which does not recognize the existence of art is barbaric. But a society...
Literary responses Kate O'Brien
This novel won KOB both the James Tait Black Prize and the Hawthornden prize. It was praised by another fine practitioner of the realistic novel, J. B. Priestley , as a peculiarly beautiful and arresting...
Literary responses E. Arnot Robertson
J. B. Priestley , focussing on the noble-savage aspects of this story, complained that its characters do not really come from Borneo, they come from Rousseau and cloud-cuckoo land.
Devlin, Polly, and E. Arnot Robertson. “Introduction”. Four Frightened People, Virago, p. vii - xix.
Vita Sackville West , however...
Literary responses Phyllis Bentley
The Spinner of the Years sold about a thousand copies, and received good notices in the Times, Saturday Review, The Observer and other periodicals. J. B. Priestley was one of those who praised it.
Johnson, George M., editor. Dictionary of Literary Biography 191. Gale Research.
Bentley, Phyllis. "O Dreams, O Destinations". Gollancz.
Literary responses Alison Uttley
This book pleased some prestigious critics. Although the New Statesman was rather sniffy and the New English Weekly hostile, Margery Allingham in Time and Tide called it enchanting. Humbert Wolfe in the Observer said...
Literary responses Dorothy Whipple
On its first appearance DW felt this to be an adequate, rather commonplace novel.
Whipple, Dorothy. Random Commentary. Michael Joseph.
J. B. Priestley wrote: A grand novel, with a good shape to it . . . . Your women are...
Occupation Hélène Barcynska
As well as devoting steady time and effort to her writing, HB founded a theatre company which she called Rogues and Vagabonds Repertory Players , because she discovered the Welsh theatre culture and thought they...


July 1929: J. B. Priestley published his novel The Good...

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July 1929

J. B. Priestley published his novelThe Good Companions, which became a best-seller and made his name.

After February 1932: An appeal of Count Potocki of Montalk's case...

Writing climate item

After February 1932

An appeal of Count Potocki of Montalk 's case was heard; and although he was not cleared, an advance in obscene libel cases was made.

24 February 1934: The National Council for Civil Liberties...

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24 February 1934

The National Council for Civil Liberties was founded by journalist Ronald Kidd , who had witnessed the treatment of hunger marchers in London in November 1932.

16 November 1938: The BBC televised for the first time a play...

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16 November 1938

The BBC televised for the first time a play direct from the theatre, J. B. Priestley 's When We Are Married.

17 February 1958: CND, or the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament,...

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17 February 1958

CND, or the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament , was founded at a public meeting in London; it held its first march that spring, at the Easter weekend.


Murdoch, Iris, and J. B. Priestley. A Severed Head. Chatto and Windus, 1963.