J(ohn) B(oynton) Priestley



  • (1894 - 1984) British dramatist, novelist, and man of letters.His first work for the stage, The Good Companions (1931), wasa dramatization of his own successful novel about a touring theatercompany. It was followed in 1932 by Dangerous Corner, thefirst of several expressionist works exploring the nature of timeand presenting alternative versions of the same series of events.Time and the Conways and I Have Been Here Before(both 1937) employ similar ideas and are amongst Priestley's mostfrequently revived works. They were followed by the farce WhenWe Are Married (1939), set in Priestley's native Yorkshire; inthe first production the author himself played a role. They Cameto a City (1943), Priestley's most overtly political play, wasfollowed by the popular mystery drama An Inspector Calls(1946), which starred Ralph Richardson, and The Linden Tree(1947), in which Lewis Casson and Sybil Thorndike played husband andwife. Priestley's later plays were generally less successful. He wasthe first president of the International Theatre Institute.