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In these passionate and witty essays on the theatre, J B Priestley distills his experience as playwright, producer, director and actor. This new collection is part defense of theatre, part incisive criticism, and, part instructive guide for would-be playwrights. The extracts are filled with Priestley's characteristic wit and, above all, good sense.
John Boynton Priestley (1894 - 1984) was born in Bradford, Yorkshire, son of a schoolmaster. He left Belle Vue School at 16 and worked in a wool office, beginning to write in his spare time. He volunteered for the army in 1914 and served throughout the First World War, surviving the grim conditions of the trenches. He gained a grant to go to Cambridge and launched his professional career with ... view full profile
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