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JB Preistley was born in Bradford West Yorkshire 1894 and had experienced many different social backgrounds His grand parents were manual farm-workers lower class Priestleys farther was a teacher lower middle class and JB Preistley himself started by working in a mill as a clerk middle class when he was young It was not jus him who was interested in the Arts his entire family had also loved drama painting literature When WWI broke out in 1914 Preistley was one of the first men to volunteer and was sent to the frontline There he was nearly killed when he was buried alive by a shell explosion and was sent home as unfit to fight He was 40 years old before he wrote for the stage and wrote an inspector calls Prior to this he wrote articles for newspapers magazines and sometimes he would write novels and poetry He also spoke on broadcast for the BBC about his views on social responsibility- that the poor sick and less fortunate need assistance The conservative government of the time didnt like him airing his views and in result stopped his broadcast By the time an inspector calls was written and performed in 1944 Moscow 1946 London The feeling of the time was behind Preistly The labour government had achieved a landslide victory An inspector calls was written in 1945 yet the play was set in 1912 Prior to two world wars the sinking of the titanic the general strike of 26 and the economic depression 1930 In the opening to the play a great sense of irony is carried on as comments from Arthur Birling such as The Germans dont want war and This is a great age for young couples and these were performed to audiences who knew it certainly was not as they to had witnessed Two world wars the sinking of the titanic the general strike of 26 and the economic depression
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