Have you ever heard about John Boynton Priestley? Who is he? An English novelist, playwright,
broadcaster, scriptwriter, and social commentator will be explained on Facts about J.B. Priestley. He was born on September 13, 1894 in Manningham, Bradford, West Riding of Yorkshire, England and died on 14 August 1984 in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England. Twenty six novels has been piblished by him. The Good Companions (1929) and An Inspector Calls (1946) are some examples of his best novels. Besides, he also wrote literary and social criticism. Here are ten interesting facts about J.B. Priestley.
Facts about J.B. Priestley 1: Family
John Boynton Priestley is a son of Jonathan Priestley and Emma Holt. His father was a headmaster. Unfortunately, his mother died when he was two years old. Then, Jonathan Priestley remarried with Amy Fletcher in 1898.
Facts about J.B. Priestley 2: Education
Priestley studied at Whetley Lane Primary School and continued on a scholarship, Belle Vue High School. Unfortunately, he left education (aged 16) to work as a junior clerk at Helm & Co. for a wool firm in the Swan Arcade.
Facts about J.B. Priestley 3: The first writing
Priestley started writing when he worked at Helm & Co. He wrote every night and his article was published in
local and London newspapers.
Facts about J.B. Priestley 4: His novels
There are many novels which make Priestley become famous. They are The Good Companions (1929), Angel Pavement (1930), and Stamboul Train (1932). The other novels are They Walk in the City (1936), Let the People Sing (1939), The Doomsday Men (1938), and Festival at Farbridge (1951).
Facts about J.B. Priestley 5: Plays
There are many plays of Priestley, including Dangerous Corner (1932), An Inspector Calls (1945), Time and the Conways (1937).
Facts about J.B. Priestley 6: Common Wealth Party
The socialist Common Wealth Party was established by Priestley, Richard Acland, and other members on July 26, 1941. It aimed to advocate the three principles of Vital Democracy, Common Ownership, and Morality in Politics.
Facts about J.B. Priestley 7: Television work
Here are some lists of television work by Priestly. They are You Know What People Are (1955), Doomsday for Dyson (March 10, 1958), The Other Window (October 15, 1975, co-written with Jacquetta Hawkes), Now Let Him Go (September 15, 1957), and Level Seven (October 27, 1966, adaptation of a story by Mordecai Roshwald).
Facts about J.B. Priestley 8: Marriage
Priestley married with Emily “Pat” Tempest in 1921. His wife was a music-loving Bradford librarian. They had two daughters which were born in 1923 and 1924. Unfortunately, his wife died in 1925 due to the cancer. Then, he remarried with Jane Wyndham Lewis on September 1926 and had two daughter and one son. However, he divorced Jane Wyndham-Lewis in 1953 and married with Jacquetta Hawkes. So, Priestley married three times.
Facts about J.B. Priestley 9: Theatre reviewer
Priestley worked as theatre reviewer with the Daily News after completing a degree in Modern History and Political Science.
Facts about J.B. Priestley 10: Autobiography
Margin Released (1962) and Instead of the Trees (1977) are two volumes of autobiography which were written by Priestley.
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