P.D. James


Born
in Oxford, The United Kingdom
August 03, 1920

Died
November 27, 2014

Genre


P. D. James, byname of Phyllis Dorothy James White, Baroness James of Holland Park, (born August 3, 1920, Oxford, Oxfordshire, England—died November 27, 2014, Oxford), British mystery novelist best known for her fictional detective Adam Dalgliesh of Scotland Yard.

The daughter of a middle-grade civil servant, James grew up in the university town of Cambridge. Her formal education, however, ended at age 16 because of lack of funds, and she was thereafter self-educated. In 1941 she married Ernest C.B. White, a medical student and future physician, who returned home from wartime service mentally deranged and spent much of the rest of his life in psychiatric hospitals. To support her family (which included two children), she took work in hospita
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“If our sex life were determined by our first youthful experiments, most of the world would be doomed to celibacy. In no area of human experience are human beings more convinced that something better can be had only if they persevere.”
P.D. James, The Children of Men

“Time didn't heal, but it anesthetized. The human mind could only feel so much.”
P.D. James, Innocent Blood

“Not so much two ships passing in the night as two ships sailing together for a time but always bound for different ports.”
P.D. James, The Lighthouse

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