Priestley, J.B. (John Boynton), 1894-1984

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Birth 1894-09-13
Death 1984-08-14

Biographical notes:

J. B. Priestley, playwright.

From the description of An inspector calls: typescript, 1994. (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 122608422

J.B. Priestley, playwright; David Mamet, adapter, not credited here.

From the description of Dangerous corner : typescript, 1996, January 4. (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 122626156

English author J.B. Priestley had a long and prolific career writing in numerous genres, and achieved critical and popular success in each. After serving in World War II and attending Cambridge, he moved to London and made his name as a literary essayist. He had success as a novelist, playwright, literary critic, historian, and short story writer. His work was fueled by an optimistic view of England, but balanced by a realistic desire for improvement. His novels remain in print, and his plays are frequently revived.

From the description of J.B. Priestley correspondence with Daniel George and review of his book, 1946-1954. (Pennsylvania State University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 55998304

Epithet: novelist, playwright and essayist

British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000000265.0x0001cd

The prolific writer, broadcaster and critic J.B. Priestley (1894-1984) is perhaps best known for his "time plays", such as An Inspector Calls and for his best-selling novels, most notably The Good Companions and Angel Pavement . However, his huge output of work also included essays, autobiography, social history, time theory and verse. Priestley also was active in politics, expressing his concerns (for instance about the nuclear arms race) through commentary and campaigning. Born and brought up in Bradford, his works often reflected his Yorkshire background, and his connections with the city were later marked by a public statue and the naming of the J.B. Priestley Library at the University of Bradford. He was married three times: in 1919 to Emily Tempest, who died in 1925, to Jane Wyndham Lewis, and in 1953 to the archeologist and writer Jacquetta Hawkes.

From the guide to the The J. B. Priestley Archive, 1895-[ongoing], (GB 532 Bradford University Library)

Author and critic.

From the description of Papers of J.B. Priestley, 1937. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 71065428


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  • English literature--20th century
  • Authors, English--20th century--Correspondence
  • Authors, English--20th century
  • Essayists, English 20th century
  • Dramatists, English--20th century


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  • Critic


  • Leeds, West Riding of Yorkshire (as recorded)
  • South Africa, Africa (as recorded)