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J.B. Priestley
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    (September 13, 1894-August 14, 1984)
    Born in Bradford, England, United Kingdom
    Birth name was John Boynton Priestley
    Wrote the novels 'The Good Companions' (1929), 'Angel Pavement' (1930), 'Let the People Sing' (1939), 'Bright Day' (1946), 'Jenny Villiers' (1947), 'The Magicians' (1954) and 'Sir Michael and Sir George' (1964)
    Wrote the plays 'Dangerous Corner' (1932), 'Laburnum Grove' (1933), 'Eden End' (1934), 'Time and the Conways' (1937), 'I Have Been Here Before' (1937), 'When We Are Married' (1938), 'Johnson Over Jordan' (1939), 'An Inspector Calls' (1946) and 'The 31st of June' (1957)
    Wrote the non-fiction works 'English Journey' (1934), 'Out of the People' (1941), 'The Arts Under Socialism' (1947), 'Journey Down A Rainbow' (1955), 'Literature and Western Man' (1960) and 'Margin Released' (1962)
    Wrote the children's book 'Snoggle: A Story for Anyone Between 9 and 90' (1971)
    Wrote the libretto for the opera 'The Olympians' (1949)
    British delegate to UNESCO (1946-47)
    Founding member of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (1958)
    He threatened to sue Graham Greene, claiming that a character in Greene's novel 'Stamboul Train' (1932) -- Quin Savory, a popular writer undone by his own success -- was an unflattering caricature of him. (The suit was settled with Greene making changes demanded by Priestley.)
    He began an affair with his future second wife while his first wife was dying from cancer.
    He ran unsuccessfully for Parliament (1945).
    He criticized modern playwrights for creating 'difficult' works.
    He was wounded by shrapnel and gassed during World War I.
    His novel 'The Good Companions' was so popular that during Christmas, his publisher had to hire taxis to deliver books to stores to keep up with demand.
    During World War II, his morale-building radio broadcasts were second only to Winston Churchill's in popularity.
    He claimed that while he was no genius, 'I had a hell of a lot of talent.'
    Margaret Drabble wrote, 'Priestley is one of the finest and most popular storytellers of the last hundred years.'

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