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Read online English Humour.pdf 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 by J.B. Priestley

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In JB Priestley published an account of his journey through England from Southampton to the Black Country to the North East and Newcastle to Lincoln Norfolk and Norwich In capturing and describing an English landscape and people hitherto unconsidered he influenced thinking and attitudes and helped formulate a public consensus for change that led to the formation of the welfare state i English Journey i expresses Priestley s deep love of his native country and teaches us much about the human condition and the nature of Englishness A fully illustrated special anniversary edition was published by William Heinemann in and in came the Folio edition which was a version of the edition with minor emendations It contains many evocative photographs and an introduction by Margaret Drabble, 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, 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, I Have Been Here Before belongs to Priestley s time plays in which he explores the idea of precognition and pits fate against free will Set in a rural inn in Yorkshire three people enter a strange confrontation with the hallmarks of d j vu and a physicist attempts to prevent a disaster