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English Humour by J.B. Priestley

PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC English Humour From The Dust Jacket English Humour is a peculiar national characteristic very different from Gallic wit the American wisecrack or the Jewish joke Not surprisingly it is often a cause of mystification in people of other nations In this scholarly yet entertaining book a great English novelist himself the creator of some notable comic characters in fiction and drama analyses English humour as expressed in the writings of poets from Chaucer to Chesterton dramatists from Shakespeare to W S Gilbert and novelists from Fielding and Sterne to Wodehouse and Evelyn Waugh The is a special chapter on feminine humour and another on clowns and comedians The book concludes with a forty eight page gallery of English comic art with percipient comments by the autho

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I Have Been Here Before, Bright Day, Dangerous Corner, The Good Companions, English Journey, Lost Empires, Time And The Conways, An Inspector Calls: The Graphic Novel, An Inspector Calls, Angel Pavement
J B Priestley was especially fond of this novel of his I am not one for favourites he wrote in the introduction to the Everyman edition and I have always been irritated by questions about my favourite this that and the other But if I have a favourite among my novels it is Bright Day which I wrote towards the end of the war br The novel was written towards the end of World War II JBP disclaimed any autobiographical roots in the work but it is nontheless resonent with his early youth and coincided with JBP s recoil from the commercial film world Bright Day was the only serious novel that he wrote in the first person br Gregory Dawson the novel s hero is a middle aged film script writer who goes off to Cornwall to complete a script At his hotel he spots Lord and Lady Harndean and realizes that they are the Malcolm and Eleanor Nixey he knew when he worked as a clerk in a Bruddersford wool firm They represent the beginning of the break up of the bright day which had preceded the year and thus the story starts to unfold br Vincent Brome one of JBP s biographers wrote Bright Day is one of Priestley s two most important and successful novels The other is Angel Pavement, p Time and the Conways follows the fortunes of one family over a period of years and offers a moving perspective on the abstract nature of the past present and future p p It is the War is over and the Conway family are celebrating their daughter Kay s st birthday But her sudden premonition of their lives in casts a shadow over their dreams and expectations p, I Have Been Here Before belongs to Priestley s time plays in which he explores the idea of precognition and pits fate against free will Set in a rural inn in Yorkshire three people enter a strange confrontation with the hallmarks of d j vu and a physicist attempts to prevent a disaster, At their stylish country retreat Freda and Robert Caplan host a dinner party for their colleagues and friends Young beautiful and successful they have the world at their feet Then a cigarette box and an ill considered remark spark off a relentless series of revelations and other more dangerous secrets are painfully exposed br br Priestley wrote this play to prove that a novelist could write an effective play using the strict economy of the stage br br It was first produced at the Lyric Theatre in May with Flora Robson in the role of Olwen Peel Richard Bird as Robert Caplan and Marie Ney as Freda Caplan In his biography of Priestley Vincent Brome wrote of Dangerous Corner Directed by Tyrone Guthrie it ran for just five performances then the backers withdrew their support Priestley took a cold hard look at the situation made some swift calculations with his agent A D Peters and plunged in daringly to rescue it He was by now a relatively rich man and he drew on the accumulatuion of royalties to keep the play running at a loss In the end his audacity paid off The destructive notices in the daily press were followed by favourable reviews by Ivor Brown in the Observer and James Agate in the Sunday Times It became one of the most popular plays Priestley ever wrote