Pamela Hansford Johnson

Standard Name: Johnson, Pamela Hansford
Birth Name: Pamela Hansford Johnson
Pseudonym: Nap Lombard
Married Name: Pamela Hansford Snow
Titled: Baroness Snow
PHJ 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),
Hadley, Tessa. “He wants me no more”. London Review of Books, Vol.
, No. 2, pp. 29-30.
though she also wrote poetry, drama, memoirs, and political and social commentary.
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Family and Intimate relationships Dylan Thomas
His first serious love-affair was with Pamela Hansford Johnson , like him an aspiring writer. They corresponded for several months before they met and were, as they had expected to be, mutually attracted. They fell...
Friends, Associates Susan Hill
While studying at King's CollegeSH , an aspiring writer, wrote to novelist Pamela Hansford Johnson and her writer husband C. P. Snow for advice on the profession. The couple answered her letters and even...
Friends, Associates Olivia Manning
OM 's friends included a number of fellow-writers: William Gerhardi , Ivy Compton-Burnett (whom she had first met before the war, at a party given by Rose Macaulay , and whose work she deeply admired),...
Intertextuality and Influence Susan Hill
I would come home, do my homework, and then write my novel in what little time was left.
Sanderson, Caroline. “Interview, Susan Hill”. Mslexia, No. 48, pp. 13-15.
Novelist Pamela Hansford Johnson not only encouraged her in the writing of this book, but also...
Intertextuality and Influence Muriel Spark
In a private joke, MS filled Dougal's notes for his ghosted autobiography with clichés like thrilled to his touch,living a lie, etc., every one of which she had found in the published writings of...
Literary responses Elizabeth Taylor
Julia Strachey and Pamela Hansford Johnson both slammed A Wreath of Roses.
Beauman, Nicola. The Other Elizabeth Taylor. Persephone Books, 2009.
ET herself felt that it expanded her range, but that the result was not successful: that she had produced a cold...
Literary responses Elizabeth Taylor
Reviews of A Game of Hide and Seek included high praise from Marghanita Laski and Elizabeth Bowen (some consolation to ET for her problems with her US publisher), but also carping which she found deeply...
Literary responses Susan Hill
This book was widely praised. Pamela Hansford Johnson in the Daily Telegraph made it her book selection of the year.
“Dictionary of Literary Biography online”. Gale Databases: Literature Resource Center-LRC.
Literary responses Aldous Huxley
This text, wrote novelist Pamela Hansford Johnson , opened miraculous doors for her and a whole group of her literary-minded young friends.
Johnson, Pamela Hansford. Important to Me. Macmillan; Scribner, 1974.
Literary responses F. Tennyson Jesse
The New Yorker described the letters as having vigour, clarity, humour and elegance, and found FTJ and her husband a tough pair of gentle writers.
Colenbrander, Joanna. A Portrait of Fryn. A. Deutsch, 1984.
In London, Pamela Hansford Johnson called the...
Literary responses Virginia Woolf
VW had been ill while she was writing this book and was acutely anxious about its quality: she gave the manuscript to Leonard to read with the brief of pronouncing whether or not it was...
Literary responses Joanna Cannan
These books were praised by a whole roster of other women novelists: Elizabeth Bowen , Phyllis Bentley , and Pamela Hansford Johnson . Bowen observed of the first that there was much more to this...
Literary responses Agatha Christie
AC , a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, received the Mystery Writers of America Grand Master Award (1954), the degree of DLitt from the University of Exeter (1961), and a letter addressed simply...
Literary responses Olivia Manning
Amid a chorus of praise for this novel, Pamela Hansford Johnson 's statement that it was among the ten best novels written by women in the past twenty-five years attracted ridicule for its mathematical approach...
Literary responses Ivy Compton-Burnett
Leonard Woolf's decision proved a mistake. The book was not only praised to the skies by young, advanced reviewers, but also made the secondary Book of the Month for May by the newly-formed Book Society


1 April 1939
General Franco , Nationalist victor in the Spanish Civil War, declared the conflict over. Republican soldiers had been fleeing over the border to France for some time, and Madrid had fallen on 28 March.
22 June 1941
Hitler 's invasion of the Soviet Union (named Operation Barbarossa, and in contravention of the German-Soviet non-aggression pact of 23 August 1939) began with a surprise attack at dawn which destroyed a thousand Soviet planes...
September 1949
PEN International held a conference in Venice. Delegates included W. H. Auden , C. P. Snow , Pamela Hansford Johnson , and Cecily Mackworth .
27 April 1966
Ian Brady and Myra Hindley went on trial at Chester for the sexual assault and murder of five girls and boys aged between ten and seventeen; they were sentenced to life imprisonment.


Johnson, Pamela Hansford. A Bonfire. Macmillan; Scribner, 1981.
Johnson, Pamela Hansford. A Summer to Decide. Michael Joseph, 1948.
Johnson, Pamela Hansford. An Avenue of Stone. Michael Joseph, 1947.
Johnson, Pamela Hansford. An Error of Judgement. Macmillan; Harcourt, Brace and World, 1962.
Johnson, Pamela Hansford. An Impossible Marriage. Macmillan, 1954.
Johnson, Pamela Hansford. Catherine Carter. Macmillan; Knopf, 1952.
Johnson, Pamela Hansford. Corinth House. Evans Bros., 1950.
Johnson, Pamela Hansford. Cork Street, Next to the Hatter’s. Macmillan; Scribners, 1965.
Johnson, Pamela Hansford. I. Compton-Burnett. Longmans, Green, for the British Council and the National Book League, 1951.
Johnson, Pamela Hansford. Important to Me. Macmillan; Scribner, 1974.
Jennings, Elizabeth, Dannie Abse, J. G. Ballard, George Barker, Bernard Bergonzi, John Betjeman, Malcolm Bradbury, Alan Brownjohn, Charles Causley, Bob Cobbing, George Sutherland Fraser, John Fuller, Roy Fuller, Helen Gardner, Robert Gittings, Ian Hamilton, Jacquetta Hawkes, Norman Hidden, Pamela Hansford Johnson, Laurence Lerner, Cecil Day-Lewis, Naomi Lewis, Edward Lucie-Smith, Adrian Mitchell, Sasha Moorsom, Thea Musgrave, Norman Nicholson Norwich, William Plomer, Peter Porter, James Reeves, Alan Ross, Vernon Scannell, Humphrey Searle, Jon Silkin, Charles Percy Snow, R. S. Thomas, Anthony Thwaite, Charles Tomlinson, Ted Walker, Cicely Veronica Wedgwood, and Hugo Williams. “Letters to the Editor: Future of Radio”. Times, p. 11.
Johnson, Pamela Hansford. Night and Silence, Who is Here?. Macmillan; Scribner, 1963.
Johnson, Pamela Hansford. On Iniquity. Macmillan; Scribner, 1967.
Johnson, Pamela Hansford. Six Proust Reconstructions. Macmillan, 1958.
Johnson, Pamela Hansford, and Victor Neuburg. Symphony for Full Orchestra. Sunday Referee, 1934.
Johnson, Pamela Hansford. The Family Pattern. Collins, 1942.
Johnson, Pamela Hansford. The Good Husband. Macmillan; Scribner, 1978.
Johnson, Pamela Hansford. The Good Listener. Macmillan; Scribner, 1975.
Johnson, Pamela Hansford. The Holiday Friend. Macmillan; Scribner, 1972.
Johnson, Pamela Hansford. The Honours Board. Macmillan; Scribner, 1970.
Johnson, Pamela Hansford. The Humbler Creation. Macmillan; Harcourt, Brace, 1959.
Johnson, Pamela Hansford. The Last Resort. Macmillan; Harcourt, Brace, 1956.
Johnson, Pamela Hansford. The Survival of the Fittest. Macmillan; Scribner, 1968.
Johnson, Pamela Hansford. The Trojan Brothers. Michael Joseph, 1944.
Johnson, Pamela Hansford. The Unspeakable Skipton. Macmillan; St Martin’s Press, 1958.