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These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel In the autumn ofthe author and playwright JB Priestley went on a tour of England.
His subsequent book, English Journey, is widely blamed for creating the "grim up north" stereotype, but just how much was he to blame for damaging the region's reputation? When JB Priestley reached Tyneside, he was already in a foul mood. Clogged with a cold, dosed up on a daze-inducing medicine and tired of travelling, the year-old openly admitted he just wanted to go home.
In these unhappy districts there is a war on and the allied enemies are poverty, idleness, ignorance, hopelessness and misery JB Priestley, English Journey Add into that a region awash with November rain and a city which held few happy memories for the former soldier, who was sent to Newcastle to recover after World War One, and you can start to see why the writer may have been disgruntled.
So were his subsequent writings the skewed observations of an already embittered man, the accurate analysis of a critical commentator, or a cynical ploy to sell books on the back of outrage? For a start, Priestley detested the accent, accusing it of being write a playwright "most barbarous, monotonous and irritating twang".
While Newcastle had a "sombre dignity" and "more impressive buildings than one would expect", Gateshead was a town "carefully planned by an enemy of the human race". But it was when he walked eastwards along the Tyne, past the closed shipyards and idle industry, that he came up with some of his more colourful criticisms.
The city looked busy and quite prosperous.
The Geordies were "stocky toothless fellows cursing in their uncouth accent" but would do a "grand job of work" if given the chance.
Jarrow suffered from a "thick air heavy with enforced idleness, poverty and misery" and seemed as if it had "deeply offended some celestial emperor and was now being punished". Who was JB Priestley?
Born September 13,in the West Riding of Yorkshire, the son of a schoolmaster Determined to be a writer from a young age spending money earned in a wool shop on books Volunteered for the army in and spent five years serving in England and France Started writing books, his first notable work being Brief Diversions, before moving into theatre Plays included Dangerous Corner, When We Are Married and An Inspector Calls Inpublisher Victor Gollancz, who later sent George Orwell on a similar venture, sent Priestley on a tour of England, English Journey was the result Also worked as a broadcaster as well as continuing to write fiction, non-fiction and plays The Grand Old Man of English Letters died on August 14, Hebburn was running numerous education courses to enrich the lives of its residents, Priestley notes, but he still sums it up by saying: No true civilisation could have produced such a town, which is nothing better than a huge dingy dormitory.
If anybody ever made money in Gateshead, they have taken great care not to spend any of it in the town JB Priestley, The author on Gateshead But he did not dislike the region, according to media historian Chris Phipps, but rather lamented the way it had been left to rot through the destruction of its trades and industries.
He said Priestley's England had three distinct characters - the twee tourist country of the Cotswolds, the former Victorian industry of the north, and the new wave of consumerism evidenced by glass fronted factories in the south.
And his villain was London, the financial capital that made monetary decisions often to the detriment of the lives of the working people. Image caption JB Priestley praised the coalminers for their bravery and said: Middlesbrough, which Priestley described as a "dismal town even with the beer and football", was fuming, the mayor and local paper calling the work "the height of impudence".
Outraged readers of the Northern Echo advised the playwright return when he was in better health while folk in Jarrow labelled him a "prophet of evil". Image caption Priestley met a group of miners' wives, noting: The men who worked in the yards and engineering shops are in a dreadful plight.
We have done the dirty on them.
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Playwriting Introduction This playwriting tutorial was written by playwright and screenwriter Jonathan Dorf, whose plays have been produced in every US state and on every continent but Antarctica. In the autumn of , the author and playwright JB Priestley went on a tour of England.
His subsequent book, English Journey, is widely blamed for creating the "grim up north" stereotype, but.