John Boynton ('J.B.') Priestley(1894-1984), Writer
Sitter in 92 portraits
J. B. Priestley, the Bradford-born dramatist, novelist and essayist had made his name by the early 1930s with The Good Companions (1929) and Angel Pavement (1930). His first West End Play, Dangerous Corner was staged in 1932 and followed by numerous successes including Time and the Conways (1937), The Linden Tree (1948) and An Inspector Calls (1947), this last still proving hugely popular today in Stephen Daldry's production. During the Second World War Priestley's radio 'Postscripts' on Sunday evenings made him an international figure.
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