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English Humour by J.B. Priestley

PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC English Humour From The Dust Jacket English Humour is a peculiar national characteristic very different from Gallic wit the American wisecrack or the Jewish joke Not surprisingly it is often a cause of mystification in people of other nations In this scholarly yet entertaining book a great English novelist himself the creator of some notable comic characters in fiction and drama analyses English humour as expressed in the writings of poets from Chaucer to Chesterton dramatists from Shakespeare to W S Gilbert and novelists from Fielding and Sterne to Wodehouse and Evelyn Waugh The is a special chapter on feminine humour and another on clowns and comedians The book concludes with a forty eight page gallery of English comic art with percipient comments by the autho

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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, The action of the play occurs in an English industrial city where a young girl commits suicide and an eminently respectable British family is subject to a routine inquiry in connection with the death An inspector calls to interrogate the family and during the course of his questioning all members of the group are implicated lightly or deeply in the girl s undoing The family closely knit and friendly at the beginning of the evening is shown up as selfish self centered or cowardly its good humor turning to acid and good fellowship to dislike before the evening is over The surprising revelation however is in the inspector, What do they call this street Angel Pavement isn t it That s a dam queer name for a street though I ve known queerer names in my time Golspie br Tucked away in the City of London lies a dingy almost forgotten side street known as Angel Pavement Here can be found the headquarters of Twigg amp Dersingham suppliers of veneers and inlays to the furniture trade Business is slow and the staff struggle against a tide of growing competition rising prices and recession Into their midst descends the mysterious and charming Mr Golspie and the promise of a brighter future Be sure life will never be the same again for all those concerned with the firm the likes of Herbert Norman Smeeth the cashier Harold Turgis the clerk Lilian Matfield the secretary typist and the boss Howard Bromport Dersingham br Angel Pavement is one of the great London novels a vivid evocation of the sprawling and crowded metropolis during the era of the painful Depression of the inter war years It is also a splendidly perceptive examination of what happens to a small group of office staff when the destructive force of a rapacious financial predator is unleashed among them br This is J B Priestley at his best indeed most critics agree that Angel Pavement was his finest novel with only Bright Day a near contender It arrived just after the huge success of The Good Companions and though it is darker than the delightful earlier novel it proved just as popular and probably more significant br Great Northern Books of Ilkley have been bringing out new editions of a number of Priestley s works and that Angel Pavement was the choice 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