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Read online Bright Day.pdf PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC Bright Day J B Priestley was especially fond of this novel of his I am not one for favourites he wrote in the introduction to the Everyman edition and I have always been irritated by questions about my favourite this that and the other But if I have a favourite among my novels it is Bright Day which I wrote towards the end of the war The novel was written towards the end of World War II JBP disclaimed any autobiographical roots in the work but it is nontheless resonent with his early youth and coincided with JBP s recoil from the commercial film world Bright Day was the only serious novel that he wrote in the first person Gregory Dawson the novel s hero is a middle aged film script writer who goes off to Cornwall to complete a script At his hotel he spots Lord and Lady Harndean and realizes that they are the Malcolm and Eleanor Nixey he knew when he worked as a clerk in a Bruddersford wool firm They represent the beginning of the break up of the bright day which had preceded the year and thus the story starts to unfold Vincent Brome one of JBP s biographers wrote Bright Day is one of Priestley s two most important and successful novels The other is Angel Pavement by J.B. Priestley

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A respectable household is shocked when a strange police inspector visits them shortly after dinner and proceeds to unravel their prejudices and lies Through this almost surreal murder mystery Priestley interweaves social comment with a gripping story that twists and turns every few pages br True to the original vision of the author and featuring beautiful engaging artwork the book features the entire play unabridged in the original British English as well as an illustrated Character List Dramatis Personae pages of story artwork and support material that details the life and work of J B Priestley all beautifully presented in colour An alternative text edition with simplified US dialogue is available in paperback enabling differentiation in the classroom, At their stylish country retreat Freda and Robert Caplan host a dinner party for their colleagues and friends Young beautiful and successful they have the world at their feet Then a cigarette box and an ill considered remark spark off a relentless series of revelations and other more dangerous secrets are painfully exposed br br Priestley wrote this play to prove that a novelist could write an effective play using the strict economy of the stage br br It was first produced at the Lyric Theatre in May with Flora Robson in the role of Olwen Peel Richard Bird as Robert Caplan and Marie Ney as Freda Caplan In his biography of Priestley Vincent Brome wrote of Dangerous Corner Directed by Tyrone Guthrie it ran for just five performances then the backers withdrew their support Priestley took a cold hard look at the situation made some swift calculations with his agent A D Peters and plunged in daringly to rescue it He was by now a relatively rich man and he drew on the accumulatuion of royalties to keep the play running at a loss In the end his audacity paid off The destructive notices in the daily press were followed by favourable reviews by Ivor Brown in the Observer and James Agate in the Sunday Times It became one of the most popular plays Priestley ever wrote, Richard Herncastle s account of his life on the music hall alongside his Uncle Nick in the period immediately before the outbreak of the first World War in br This account of life in the Empire Theatres of English Variety The cast is a travelling troupe of artistes dancers comedians jugglers magicians which include a murderer a depraved beauty a brilliant comedian in decay and the greatest conjurer on the English stage He is knows as Ganga Dun to his enormous audience and as Uncle Nick to the narrator of the story br Young Herncastle is a good looking Yorkshire boy ambitious as a painter whom his uncle sweeps away from a dreary office job into the nomadic boozy evanescently amorous life of Variety performers on tour With them he learns the exacting craft of the stage and avidly explores the first yearnings and triumphs of both sex and love, Probably the most popular of Priestley s novels The Good Companions was an instant best seller when it was first published in July and while JBP came to feel its success subsequently overshadowed many more important works the book has remained popular It was his third novel and it is certainly well written and very readable It is too an enjoyable romp all about a stranded theatrical group the Dinky Doos rescued by Miss Trant and coverted into the Good Companions and involving their adventures with such characters as Jess Oakroyd the middle aged joiner from Bruddersford who breaks free from his miserable domestic existence Susie Dean and Inigo Jollifant It is the sort of long colourful novel which was one of Priestley s hallmarks and it is clear that Priestley enjoyed himself writing it He regarded the job as not so much a task more a kind of holiday br One of the ironies of the success of The Good Companions is that when he discussed his idea for the book with his publishers they told him that such a book would not appeal to the current reading public However the germ of the story was embedded deep into his mind and heart and writing the novel became something of an obsession He had made up his mind to write a novel that he himself could enjoy even if nobody else did and in the event a great many others also loved it The novel arrived at a time when the country was in depression and someone commented that The Good Companions soared out of the gloom like a fairy tale to lift thousands of minds into a world of literary enchantment br David Hughes in J B Priestley An Informal Study of His Work wrote The Good Companions is a simple book plainly constructed and straightforwardly told Like so much of Priestley s work its action begins on a note of rebellion while its impulse is the search for romance without losing sight of reality indeed staring into the very heart of reality for the magic Jess Oakroyd is pitched into loneliness by the drab quarrrelling of his family Miss Trant suddenly relieved in early middle age of a burden that might have lasted her lifetime turns against the trivial monotony of her genteel days in a Cotswold village Inigo Jollifant surrounded in the prep school where he teaches by petty rulings is refused permission to play the piano by the headmaster s wife gets drunk and escapes into the night Three separate rebellions against the frustrations of life put three characters on the road for what is probably the longest picaresque novel in English since Pickwick br Priestley started to write The Good Companions in January and he delivered the manuscript to Heinemann in March br At least two films have been made of The Good Companions and it has been turned into a play on several occasions