"So all the time, while you were pretending to work, you've been having the most astonishing adventures in that corner?"
As bankruptcy looms, the ever-optimistic Jim Cornelius, partner at import firm Briggs and Murrison, is fighting to keep his creditors happy and his spirits up. Tensions rise with the arrival of Judy, the beautiful, young typist who shows Cornelius the life he could have led... Written for Ralph Richardson in 1935, Priestley observes the politics and tensions of daily office life with searing wit and humanity in this hilarious and heart-breaking story of friendship, unrequited love and business.
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About the Author
J.B. Priestley: Born in Bradford, he was educated there and at Trinity Hall, Cambridge. His reputation as a dramatist was established by Dangerous Corner, Time and the Conways & other plays on space-time themes, as well as popular comedies such as Laburnum Grove & his psychological mystery, An Inspector Calls. Best known as a writer of novels, Priestley was also master of the essay form. He was an astute, original and controversial commentator on contemporary society.
What People are Saying About This
"[An] attractively strange and surprising 1935 play." What's On Stage
"Cornelius resonates surprisingly with a modern audience... All in all, this is a high quality polished exploration of an era that is sometimes peculiarly familiar and at other times entertainingly unexpected." The Stage
"An intriguing piece." Four stars. Guardian
"This neglected interwar play... strikes a resounding contemporary chord." Metro
"Engaging and well-judged... an intriguing period piece that speaks to our times in its tragicomic depiction of the anxieties, humour, despair and obstinate hopes of an age of recession." Independent
"[a] neatly amusing and unpredictable little curiosity." Public Reviews
"Revelatory... a fascinating, oddly familiar slice of office life... delicate and truthful." Telegraph