An Inspector Calls and Other Plays
Author: J.B. Priestley
Published: March 2001
For Secondary School Students
TIME AND THE CONWAYS; I HAVE BEEN HERE BEFORE; AN INSPECTOR CALLS; THE LINDEN TREE
An Inspector Calls was first produced in 1946 when society was undergoing sweeping transformations. While holding its audience with the gripping tension of a detective thriller, it is also a philosophical play about social conscience and the crumbling of middle class values.
Time and the Conways and I Have Been Here Before belong to Priestley's 'time' plays, in which he explores the idea of precognition and pits fate against free will.
The Linden Tree also challenges preconceived ideas of history when Professor Linden comes into conflict with his family about how life should be lived after the war.