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Priestley Plays Four

Author : J.B. Priestley
ISBN : 9781849437325
Genre : Drama
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Two little known Priestley plays, which, while they are quite different, have important features in common. The 31st of June is a comedy set partly in an advertising agency and partly in a medieval castle; Jenny Villiers is a serious play set backstage in an old provincial theatre. But both exploit elements of Time. In the 31st of June scenes switch between modern times and the middle ages, while characters move between both. There are kings, company bosses, princesses, fashion models, dwarves and two rival magicians. causing confusion and romance. Jenny Villiers examines life in the Theatre. The doubts of the present are confronted by players from the past, and a jaded playwright recovers his faith in the Theatre. Both plays were performed on the stage, but later rewritten and published as novels.
Category: Drama

Four Plays

Author : John Boynton Priestley
ISBN : UOM:39015012267848
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J B Priestley Plays Three

Author : J.B. Priestley
ISBN : 9781849436434
Genre : Drama
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Three plays by J.B. Priestley which illustrate well his desire toexperiment. All three were written between 1938 and 1940, thoughEver Since Paradise was not produced till 1946. It was a very creativetime for him, but interrupted by the war. There are elements of hiscontinuing interest in Time in each of them. Music at Night centres on a group of people attending a musicalevening to hear a new work. Each act follows a movement in the music,which inspires the listeners to react each in their own way, lookinginside themselves for their true feelings and sometimes rememberingsignificant moments from their past. As often in Priestley’s work, therelations between the sexes play an important part, a theme whichrecurs in the other two plays. The Long Mirror recounts the meetingbetween a composer and a young woman who seems to have beentelepathically connected to him for some time, and has experiencedmuch of his life before actually meeting him. Her knowledge of hispast can help his future as an artist and a husband. It was based on atrue incident. Ever Since Paradise Priestley described as ‘A DiscursiveEntertainment, chiefly referring to Love and Marriage, in Three Acts’.Three couples are made up of The Musicians, the Commentators and TheExample, and together they illustrate various aspects of relationships,accompanied by appropriate music on two pianos. None of the playsare truly conventional but are disguised as such. A fascinating trio.
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Priestley Plays One

Author : J.B. Priestley
ISBN : 9781849438674
Genre : Drama
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Includes the plays Laburnum Grove, When We Are Married and Mr Kettle and Mrs Moon With an introduction by Tom Priestley and a foreword by Roy Hattersley. These three domestic comedies display J B Priestley's talent for the ordinary situation turned sharply on its head. In Laburnum Grove George Radfern's friends and relations want a share of his wealth - until they find out where it's come from. When We Are Married features three high-minded couples who gather to celebrate their silver wedding anniversaries, only to discover they were never properly married at all. And in Mr Kettle and Mrs Moon an unassuming bank manager turns rebel when a voice tells him to pack in his position and stay at home.In these mischievous depictions of respectability gone awry, the proud and the prejudiced battle against emerging truths and potential scandal. J B Priestley proves himself a skilled craftsman and presents his characters with rich humour, warmth and humanity.
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Priestley Plays Two

Author : J.B. Priestley
ISBN : 9781849438834
Genre : Drama
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Includes the plays They Came to a City, Summer Day's Dream and The Glass Cage With an introduction by Tom Priestley. All three dramas in this second volume of J B Priestley's plays investigate the question of an individual's responsibility towards his or her family and community. In They Came to a City, written at the height of the Second World War, a mixed bag of Britons mysteriously find themselves outside a strange city. What kind of 'New Jerusalem' is this, and will it suit everybody? Summer Day's Dream, first performed in 1949, is set in the future - 1975. In a Britain bombed back into pre-industrial past, three representatives of the new world order disturb the tranquil lives of three generations of an English family. The themes of hypocrisy and redemption are brought to the fore in The Glass Cage, when three black sheep of a respectable Toronto clan are grudgingly welcomed back into the family home.
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Time And The Rose Garden

Author : Anthony Peake
ISBN : 9781785351914
Genre : Literary Criticism
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J.B. Priestley is considered by many to be an old-fashioned playwright whose work is locked in a pre-war world of provincialism and whose ideas are way past their sell-by date. In Time and the Rose Garden, internationally recognised author Anthony Peake re-assesses the plays and novels of this fascinating writer. In doing so, Peake argues that Priestley should be recognised as one of the most prescient of all middle century playwrights and that his ideas on time, consciousness and mortality can be found in hugely popular blockbusters such as The Matrix, Vanilla Sky, Deja Vu, Sliding Doors, Butterfly Effect and many others.
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Priestley S England

Author : John Baxendale
ISBN : 0719072867
Genre : History
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"Priestley's England is the first full-length academic study of J.B Priestley - novelist, playwright, screen-writer, journalist and broadcaster, political activist, public intellectual and popular entertainer, one of the makers of twentieth-century Britain, and one of its sharpest critics." "This book will appeal to all those interested in the culture and politics of twentieth-century Britain, in the continuing debates over 'Englishness' to which Priestley made such a key contribution, and in the life and work of one of the most remarkable and popular writers of the past century."--Jacket.
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Playing For Time

Author : Geraldine Cousin
ISBN : 1847791689
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Playing for time explores connections between theatre time, the historical moment and fictional time. Geraldine Cousin persuasively argues that a crucial characteristic of contemporary British theatre is its preoccupation with instability and danger, and traces images of catastrophe and loss in a wide range of recent plays and productions. The diversity of the texts that are examined is a major strength of the book. In addition to plays by contemporary dramatists, Cousin analyses staged adaptations of novels, and productions of plays by Euripides, Strindberg and Priestley. A key focus is Stephen Daldry's award-winning revival of Priestley's An Inspector Calls, which is discussed in relation both to other Priestley 'time' plays and to Caryl Churchill's apocalyptic Far Away. Lost children are a recurring motif: Bryony Lavery's Frozen, for example, is explored in the context of the Soham murders (which took place while the play was in production at the National Theatre), whilst three virtually simultaneous productions of Euripides' Hecuba are interpreted with regard to the Beslan massacre of schoolchildren.
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J B Priestley

Author : Maggie B. Gale
ISBN : 9781134143054
Genre : Literary Criticism
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J. B. Priestley is the first book to provide a detailed and up to date analysis of the enormous contribution made by this playwright, novelist, journalist and critic to twentieth century British theatre. Priestley was often criticised for being either too populist or too experimental and this study unpicks the contradictions of a playwright and theatre theorist popular with audiences but too often dismissed by critics; describing and analysing in detail not only his plays but also their specific historical and contemporary productions. Using a combination of archive, review and critical materials, the book re-locates Priestley as a theatre theorist of substance as well as a playwright who challenged theatre conventions and assumptions about audience expectations, at a time when theatre was considered both conservative and lacking in innovation.
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J B Priestley

Author : A. A. De Vitis
ISBN : UOM:39015002711748
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The New Cambridge Bibliography Of English Literature

Author : George Watson
Genre : Literary Criticism
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More than fifty specialists have contributed to this new edition of volume 4 of The Cambridge Bibliography of English Literature. The design of the original work has established itself so firmly as a workable solution to the immense problems of analysis, articulation and coordination that it has been retained in all its essentials for the new edition. The task of the new contributors has been to revise and integrate the lists of 1940 and 1957, to add materials of the following decade, to correct and refine the bibliographical details already available, and to re-shape the whole according to a new series of conventions devised to give greater clarity and consistency to the entries.
Category: Literary Criticism

National Union Catalog

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Includes entries for maps and atlases.
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