19 January 1921
PH was born at Fort Worth
(despite her mother's attempt to abort the foetus at four months, by drinking turpentine).
15 March 1950
PH made her name in one step with her first book, Strangers on a Train
, published as "a Harper
Novel of Suspense."
4 February 1995
PH died of leukemia after only a few days in hospital at Locarno
By 25 February 1995
PH's last novel, Small g: a summer idyll
, was published posthumously (shortly after she died) with Bloomsbury