A Summarised Biography of J B Priestley

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John Boynton Priestley was born in 1894 in Bradford, an industrial city in the north of England (refers to Brumley) and died in 1984.

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He was an 'all-round writer' meaning that he wrote all different sorts of literature. 

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His childhood was, all in one, a peaceful time in a moderate socialistic atmosphere.

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Most of his stories were influenced by the 1st World War, where he had been a front-line soldier. He often describes the lives of simple people by turning their stories dramatically into ethical and political positions. 

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After this experience, he went to Cambridge studying history, politics and literature.

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In 1929 he broke through because of his novel 'the Good Companions'.

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In 'an inspector calls' (written right after the 2nd World War; 1945) he shows his attitude towards a human socialism.

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Typical of his work is the criticism towards all antisocial attitudes, e.g. greed (Habgier) and inconsiderate power struggles (rücksichtsloses Machtstreben).