Phyllis Bentley, Thomas Hardy, Sunlight Soap … new in the Society Journal

There’s plenty of good stuff in the latest issue of the J.B. Priestley Society Journal (October 2012, volume 13)

Blue plaque for J.B. Priestley at 34 Mannheim Road, Bradford.

Blue plaque for J.B. Priestley at 34 Mannheim Road, Bradford. The family didn’t move from there straight to Saltburn Place as has traditionally been thought …

  • JC Eastwood on Priestley’s family homes in Bradford – clearing up a mystery!
  • Professor Maggie Gale of Manchester University on Priestley as a “man of the theatre” – the text of her 2012 Society lecture.
  • Priestley’s bibliographer Alan Day on JB’s links with novelist Phyllis Bentley and their opinions of each other’s writings.  Alan Day also looks at a series of “short uplift articles” Priestley wrote for Lever Brothers in 1940 as part of a promotion for Sunlight Soap.  Fascinating parallels to the Postscripts!
  • Trevor Johnson writes about Priestley and Thomas Hardy, in particular the former’s use of Hardy’s poem in the Postscript about the Isle of Wight Volunteers of 16 June 1940.
  • Philip Scowcroft surveys music in Priestley’s writings.

There is also a reprint of a Priestley rarity, “The Soul of Revue”, originally published in 1925 and hitherto unknown.

The Journal isn’t available online*, but is sent in print form to all members of the Society and is available in libraries, including ours of course.

*yet, watch this space!

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One response to “Phyllis Bentley, Thomas Hardy, Sunlight Soap … new in the Society Journal

  1. Hello,

    For anyone who may be London way in September, Summer Day’s Dream is being presented at the Finborough Theatre (Earl’s Court) for 9 performances only (Sunday/Monday/Tuesday 8th, 9th, 10th, 15th, 16th, 17th, 22nd, 23rd and 24th).

    This is the first London revival in 60 years and promises to be an exceptional production.

    Tickets are £16 and £14 (concessions) and are available from: http://www.ticketweb.co.uk/venue/finborough-theatre-tickets/FINBOROERD/905

    For more information please visit: http://www.finboroughtheatre.co.uk or email Kathryn at info@rosendaleproductions.co.uk

    Hope to see some of you there.

    Many thanks.

    Kathryn

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