Delight

Delight By J.B. Priestley, Delight J B Priestley first made his reputation in the literary world by virtue of his essays especially short essays that captured the essence of a moment or a taste of magic and his talents were never bett
  • Title: Delight
  • Author: J.B. Priestley
  • ISBN: 9781905080670
  • Page: 399
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Delight By J.B. Priestley, J.B Priestley first made his reputation in the literary world by virtue of his essays, especially short essays that captured the essence of a moment or a taste of magic and his talents were never better displayed than in the collection entitled Delight For here are than 100 brief pieces that capture and record the moments of wonder and beauty that are found beneaJ.B Priestley first made his reputation in the literary world by virtue of his essays, especially short essays that captured the essence of a moment or a taste of magic and his talents were never better displayed than in the collection entitled Delight For here are than 100 brief pieces that capture and record the moments of wonder and beauty that are found beneath the surface of everyday experience Every essay bears that unique stamp of JBP as he refers to the pleasures of music, theatre, travel, sport, playing games, chuldhood, etc Delights like Reading Detective Stories in Bed, Trying New Blends of Tobacco, the Sound of a Football, Long Trousersd even the delight of Not Going Terrific stuff Great Northern Books did fans of Priestley a great favour when they brought out a 60th anniversary edition in 2009, for the book had long been unavailable The anniversary edition contains, too, an introduction by Priestley s son, Tom.
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    1. J.B. Priestley

      John Boynton Priestley, the son of a schoolmaster, was born in Bradford in September 1894, and after schooling he worked for a time in the local wool trade Following the outbreak of the Great War in 1914, Priestley joined the British Army, and was sent to France in 1915 taking part in the Battle of Loos After being wounded in 1917 Priestley returned to England for six months then, after going back to the Western Front he suffered the consequences of a German gas attack, and, treated at Rouen, he was declared unfit for active service and was transferred to the Entertainers Section of the British Army When Priestley left the army he studied at Cambridge University, where he completed a degree in Modern History and Political Science Subsequently he found work as theatre reviewer with the Daily News, and also contributed to the Spectator, the Challenge and Nineteenth Century His earliest books included The English Comic Characters 1925 , The English Novel 1927 , and English Humour 1928 His breakthrough came with the immensely popular novel The Good Companions, published in 1929, and Angel Pavement followed in 1930 He emerged, too, as a successful dramatist with such plays as Dangerous Corner 1932 , Time and the Conways 1937 , When We Are Married 1938 and An Inspector Calls 1947 The publication of English Journey in 1934 emphasised Priestley s concern for social problems and the welfare of ordinary people.During the Second World War Priestley became a popular and influential broadcaster with his famous Postscripts that followed the nine o clock news BBC Radio on Sunday evenings Starting on 5th June 1940, Priestley built up such a following that after a few months it was estimated that around 40 per cent of the adult population in Britain was listening to the programme.Some members of the Conservative Party, including Winston Churchill, expressed concern that Priestley might be expressing left wing views on the programme, and, to his dismay, Priestley was dropped after his talk on 20th October 1940 After the war Priestley continued his writing, and his work invariably provoked thought, and his views were always expressed in his blunt Yorkshire style.His prolific output continued right up to his final years, and to the end he remained the great literary all rounder His favourite amiong his books was for many years the novel Bright Day, though he later said he had come to prefer The Image Men.It should not be overlooked that Priestley was an outstanding essayist, and many of his short pieces best capture his passions and his great talent and his mastery of the English language He set a fine example for any would be author.

    919 thoughts on “Delight”

    1. J.B Priestley has long been one of my favourite authors, indeed he is probably top of the list because I not only enjoyed most of the things he wrote, but I admired him as a great literary all rounder and a true professional the sort of author who could turn his hand to any kind of writing and do it well I like most of JB s novels, from The Good Companions to The Image Men, and his plays were always thought provoking or, sometimes, just good fun But his essays are what I have always enjoyed the [...]


    2. An utterly charming book of essays about things that delight Priestley an otherwise born complainer i am thinking of beginning my own list of delights Some are striking gifts to the spirit, others are hilarious, and then, well, there are the ones on pipe tobacco and smoking, which don t speak so clearly to me but then they are his first half of the 20th century choices Not easy to find, but for the Anglophile a well worth searching out


    3. A collection of essays on the things spiritual, intellectual and material that provide the author with a frisson of delight Some of these I immediately identified with the sublime smell of a cooking sausage , others I will never have knowledge of Priestley was a great pipe smoker every essay, whether it deals with something within my circle of experience or not, is a delight to read Each word has been carefully selected and polished until the sentences flow Most attractive of all, though, are th [...]


    4. I always found Priestly s plays a bit didactic and bombastic, but this beautiful book of witty notes barely essays on the things that gave Priestly pleasure is a thing of wonder Very much a book about finding joy in small things Some of them place the writing in another era smoking a pipe in the bath, retiring to an Oxfordshire pub for a cheeky gin and tonic when leaving blitz torn London in 1940, and writers and composers that have long since fallen from favour There is still plenty for the mod [...]


    5. Wodehouse would always have been my desert island author until I read thisn t want to be too corny but it is delightful I orginally came across an old copy of this in the dusty corner of a private library I am so pleased it is available again.


    6. Delightful is really the only way to describe this book.J.B Priestley opens this book with his grumbler s apology , in which explains that he has always had a reputation for being grumpy and that this collection of short essays is his way of proving that he actually does find delight in many things Those things range from a good view, fountains and buying books, to complex delights such as Quietly Malicious Chairmanship Each essay is only 1 2 pages long and the writing is exquisite His turn of [...]


    7. A hard book to assess Some may be unsatisfied by the shortness of the entries and, indeed, there are some sections that you wish had been turned into longer essays, but it s hard not to love a book about things that make someone happy It feels like a very honest book, something only possible from a writer who has already made his reputation It borders on an indulgence but what is not to like about a book that begins with the writer s love of fountains and races through pipe smoking, detective st [...]


    8. Each essay is on something that brings the author delight They re all short one to three pages so this book is perfect for reading in fits and starts I pick it up when I want to read for just a few minutes while my husband is bathing the baby, or when I m between books, or when I just want something short and cheerful Priestley is kind of a curmudgeon, but he pulls it off well, so it s funny rather than annoying.


    9. A re publication of this series of very short musings on what brings delight to the life of JB Priestley They range from the bizarre to the oh yes i totally agree to the Lordy, how weird but as none of them were longer than two or three small pages in length and some a good deal shorter it is not a book to delay you for long Great bedside book, easy to dip into or just, as I did, read five or six at a time in between the novel and the history book.



    10. Great writing, good subjects.Light, fun, articulate and insightful Also a fine look at England between the wars as well as his childhood before WWI




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