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John Boynton Priestley, British writer and broadcaster, was born in Bradford, England, on September 13, 1894, and died in Stratford-upon-Avon in 1984.

Priestley was educated at Cambridge University, and by the age of thirty had established a reputation as a humorous writer and critic. His first major success came with a novel, The Good Companions[?] (1929), but he became better known as a dramatist. Without doubt, his best-known play is An Inspector Calls (1946). His novel Angel Pavement[?] (1930) further established him as a successful popular novelist, but his plays are more varied in tone, several being influenced by Brown's theory of time, which plays a part in the plots of Dangerous Corner (1932) and Time and the Conways (1937). He married the archaeologist Jacquetta Hawkes[?], with whom he co-wrote some minor works.

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