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Pamela Hansford Johnson had a long and prolific writing career, from before the second world war until late twentieth century. She is remembered primarily as a novelist (with twenty-seven titles), Bibliographic Citation link. though she also wrote poetry, drama, memoirs, and political and social commentary.
29 May 1912 PHJ was born at 53 Battersea Rise, Clapham, South London, in a built-up area that had been fields when her grandfather built the house about thirty years before. Bibliographic Citation link.
1932 PHJ's poem "Chelsea Reach" (whose title is that of a famous, atmospheric picture by Whistler of this stretch of the River Thames) won the first annual poetry prize given by the Sunday Referee. Bibliographic Citation link.
By April 1935 PHJ published her first novel, This Bed Thy Centre, written during an illness which gave her two months off her job at the bank. Bibliographic Citation link.
18 June 1981 PHJ died after several strokes (she had emphysema), nearly a year after her second husband's death. Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
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