Books: Priestley Perturbations

ENGLISH JOURNEY—J. B. Priestley— Harper ($3). At 40, John Boynton Priestley is one of England's most comfortably successful writers. His huge-selling novel, The Good Companions (1929), made him an overnight reputation on both sides of the Atlantic as a sentimental hearty of the right sort. Thousands of undiscriminating readers have hailed this blunt-minded Yorkshireman as another Dickens. Though Priestley himself is well aware that the resemblance is meagre ("I am not like Dickens at all"), his latest book may well give the myth a wider...

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