P. D. James

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P. D. James

Phyllis Dorothy James, Baroness James of Holland Park OBE FRSA FRSL (3 August 192027 November 2014), commonly known as P. D. James, was an English crime writer and Conservative life peer in the House of Lords.


Time to be Earnest - a Fragment of Biography[edit]

  • I don't see why escapist literature should not also be a work of art.
  • The intention of any novelist must surely be to make that straight avenue to the human heart.
  • Every novelist write what he or she needs to write, a subconscious compulsion to express and explain his unique view of reality.
    • Time to be Earnest - a Fragment of Biography Faber & Faber, London 1999


  • I don’t think writers choose the genre, the genre chooses us. I wrote out of the wish to create order out of disorder, the liking of a pattern.
    • Interview with Jake Kerridge, The Telegraph, 26 Sep 2009 [1]
  • It was one of those perfect English autumnal days which occur more frequently in memory than in life.
  • I can understand the poor and stupid voting for Marxism or one of its fashionable variants. If you've no hope of being other than a slave, you may as well opt for the most efficient form of slavery.

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