Baxendale, John, Priestley’s England: J. B. Priestley and English Culture (Manchester: Manchester UP, 2007)
This is the first full-length academic study of J. B. Priestley - novelist, playwright, screen-writer, journalist and broadcaster, political activist, public intellectual and popular entertainer. From his scathing analysis of a slump-stricken nation in the best-selling English Journey, to his popular wartime broadcasts which paved the way to 1945 and the welfare state, his post-war critique of "Admass" and the Cold War (he was a co-founder of CND), and his continual engagement with the question of "Englishness", Priestley addressed the key issues of the century from a radical standpoint in fiction, journalism and plays which appealed to a wide audience and made him one of the most successful writers of his day.
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