Jenny Villiers

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Jenny Villiers: A Story of the Theatre
Jenny Villiers (Priestley novel).jpg
First edition
Author J. B. Priestley
Illustrator M. Elaine Hancock
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Genre Ghost story
Publisher William Heinemann
Publication date
3 January 1947
Media type Print (Hardcover)
Pages IV + 190pp
OCLC 8306303

Jenny Villiers: A Story of the Theatre is a short novel by J. B. Priestley, first published in 1947.[1]

A successful but dispirited playwright is supervising the rehearsals of his new play, The Glass Door, at an old theatre in North England. The actors are irritated by his cynical attitude, but when left alone in the darkened green room he experiences visions of a 19th-century tragedy which alter his outlook on his profession.

In 1978 it was reprinted by Stein and Day, in a collection of works by Priestley entitled My Three Favorite Novels. The others were Angel Pavement and Bright Day.

Main characters[edit]

1946[edit]

  • Martin Cheveril, a 50-year-old playwright
  • Pauline Fraser, a 45-year-old actress
  • Mr Otley, the manager
  • Ann Seward, an aspiring 23-year-old actress

1846[edit]

  • Jenny Villiers, a 24-year-old actress
  • Julian Napier, a young actor
  • Walter Kettle, a stagehand

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kritzwiser, K.M. (February 16, 1948). "Time and Mr. Priestly: "Jenny Villiers"". The Leader-Post.