James, P.D., 1920-2014

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P. D. James (b. Phyllis Dorothy James, August 3, 1920, Oxford, England–d. November 27 2014, Oxford, England) was an English crime writer who was famous for her series of detective novels starring police commander and poet Adam Dalgliesh. After her husband's mental breakdown after World War II, she worked for a hospital board in London and also for the Home Office until her retirement in 1979. James began writing in the mid-1950s. Her first novel, Cover Her Face, featuring the investigator and poet Adam Dalgliesh of New Scotland Yard, was published in 1962. Many of her mystery novels take place against the backdrop of UK bureaucracies, such as the criminal justice system and the National Health Service. Many of her mystery novels were adapted for television by Anglia Television for the ITV network in the UK.

In 1991, James was created a life peer as Baroness James of Holland Park and sat in the House of Lords as a Conservative.

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referencedIn Burack, A. S. (Abraham Saul), 1908-. Abraham Burack collection, 1922-1997. Boston University. School of Medicine
referencedIn Dannay, Frederic, 1905-1982. Papers, ca.1920-1982. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Frederic Dannay Papers, ca.1920-1982. Columbia University. Rare Book and Manuscript Library,
creatorOf Howard, Elizabeth Jane. Papers of Elizabeth Jane Howard, 1933-2009. Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
referencedIn Bradbury, M. mss. II, 1949-1993 Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)
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associatedWith Bradbury, Malcolm, 1932-2000 person
correspondedWith Burack, A. S. (Abraham Saul), 1908- person
associatedWith Dannay, Frederic, 1905-1982. person
associatedWith Howard, Elizabeth Jane. person
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United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland 00 GB
Oxford ENG GB
Oxford ENG GB
England ENG GB
Detective and mystery stories


Birth 1920-08-03

Death 2014-11-27




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