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INCLUDES, TIME MEASUREMENT, TIME METAPHYSICS, TIME IN FICTION, TIME AND ETERNITY, DUNNE, SERIALISM, ESOTERIC SCHOOL,
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Published September 11th 1989 by Crescent (first published January 1st 1964)
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Mar 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
In Man and Time, the erudite, entertaining, and occasionally ostentatious J. B. Priestley takes us on a grand tour through, you guessed it, Time—and it’s a fun adventure indeed. Priestley, a self-confessed “Time-haunted man”—you’ll have to figure out for yourself what that means, since he offers no explanation—was a writer of fiction and a dramatist by trade, so he takes a bit of an excursion here as he offers us his take on Time.

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John Boynton Priestley, the son of a schoolmaster, was born in Bradford in September 1894, and after schooling he worked for a time in the local wool trade. Following the outbreak of the Great War in 1914, Priestley joined the British Army, and was sent to France --in 1915 taking part in the Battle of Loos. After being wounded in 1917 Priestley returned to England for six months; then, after going ...more

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“But what is this clock, marking only so many years, that such men seem to consult in the dark of their being? We do not know. All we do know for certain is that no such clock, no such warnings, can come out of the passing time that we are told is all we have. They belong to a larger idea of Time, like all these dreams that came true.” 1 likes
“What appears to be definite and precise does not belong to any acceptable reality. It is only the experiences, the queer previsions, the fleeting premonitions, that are real. Vague and insubstantial though they may appear to be, compared with anything else in the mists and shifting lights of Time theory, they loom up like mountains of iron ore.” 1 likes
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