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P. D. James was a crime writer with a major reputation in both Britain and the United States. As well as her mystery novels, she wrote non-mystery novels, one excursion into science fiction, non-fiction, a play, short stories, articles, and an autobiography, and gave many talks and lectures. One critic considered her "basically a novelist who happens to put her characters into mystery stories." Bibliographic Citation link. Her books have been widely distributed in many countries and translated into many languages, including Japanese.
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3 August 1920 PDJ was born at 164 Walton Street, Oxford. Bibliographic Citation link.
November 1972 PDJ published An Unsuitable Job for a Woman, her fifth mystery novel, which first introduced her then unprecedented professional female detective, Cordelia Gray. Bibliographic Citation link.
28 September 1992 PDJ continued to display her fondness for Biblical titles in publishing The Children of Men, a dystopian novel which is her second non-detective story. Bibliographic Citation link.
27 November 2014 PDJ died at her house in Oxford, aged ninety-four. Bibliographic Citation link.
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