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John Boynton Priestley


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John Boynton Priestley (13 September 1894 – 14 August 1984), known as J. B. Priestley, was an English novelist, playwright and broadcaster. He published 26 novels, notably The Good Companions (1929), as well as numerous dramas such as An Inspector Calls (1945). His output included literary and social criticism. more »

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  • [Micawber] is not only the greatest of Dickens' comic figures, but, with the one exception of Falstaff, he is the greatest comic figure in the whole range of English literature, a literature supremely...
    J.B. (John Boynton) Priestley (1894-1984), British author. "Mr. Micawber," The English Comic Characters, Dodd (1925).
  • ''Our trouble is that we drink too much tea. I see in this the slow revenge of the Orient, which has diverted the Yellow River down our throats.''
    J.B. (John Boynton) Priestley (1894-1984), British author. Quoted in Observer (London, May 15, 1949).
  • ''Already we Viewers, when not viewing, have begun to whisper to one another that the more we elaborate our means of communication, the less we communicate.''
    J.B. (John Boynton) Priestley (1894-1984), British author. "Televiewing," Thoughts in the Wilderness (1957).
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