Patricia Wentworth

Standard Name: Wentworth, Patricia
Birth Name: Dora Amy Elles
Pseudonym: Patricia Wentworth
Married Name: Dora Amy Dillon
Indexed Name: Mrs G. F. Dillon
Married Name: Dora Amy Turnbull
PW began her writing career early in the twentieth century with half a dozen historical novels and romances and went on to achieve great popularity with between sixty and seventy thrillers, mysteries, and detective novels. She is a sharp observer of social comedy including relationships between the sexes, and her ability to evoke fear and suspense continued to develop throughout her career. She also wrote a book of verse for children and a couple of other poetry volumes. She is notable for inventing, before Agatha Christie 's Miss Marple, an elderly female detective whose success is linked to the invisibility and apparent cosiness conferred by her sex and age.


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Intertextuality and Influence Agatha Christie
Miss Jane Marple had been created for serialization in an evening paper (in stories later collected in The Thirteen Problems in England, 1932, and The Tuesday Club Murders in the United States, 1933). She is...
Literary responses Mary Stewart
This novel was welcomed by fellow novelists. In the TLS advertisement that heralded it, Daphne du Maurier called it a brave start and Patricia Wentwortha delightful work; cultured and charming, besides being very exciting...
Publishing Marie Belloc Lowndes
From November 1908 MBL landed the task of briefly reviewing some French books for the Times Literary Supplement, and from 1910 (with Patricia Wentworth 's A Marriage Under the Terror) she began covering...
Publishing Mary Stewart
This work was serialized in Woman's Journal before book publication. An American edition appeared in 1955.
TLS Centenary Archive Centenary Archive [1902-2012].
2769 (25 February 1955): 124
OCLC WorldCat. Accessed 1999.
MS took her title from a folk-song which runs: Madam, will you walk? /...
Textual Features Antonia Fraser
The Dictionary of Literary Biography calls Jemima Shore a new kind of woman detective.
“Dictionary of Literary Biography online”. Gale Databases: Literature Resource Center-LRC.
Her independence, intelligence, and literary sensibility are nothing new, but her rejection of marriage and her cheerful sexual promiscuity are...


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Wentworth, Patricia, and Grace H. Morgan. A Child’s Rhyme Book. Andrew Melrose, 1910.
Wentworth, Patricia. A Little More than Kin. Andrew Melrose, 1911.
Wentworth, Patricia. A Marriage Under the Terror. Andrew Melrose, 1910.
Wentworth, Patricia. Danger Calling. Hodder and Stoughton, 1931.
Wentworth, Patricia. Grey Mask. Hodder and Stoughton, 1928.
Wentworth, Patricia. Ladies’ Bane. Lippincott, 1952.
Wentworth, Patricia. Lonesome Road. Hodder and Stoughton, 1939.
Wentworth, Patricia. Miss Silver Detects. Hodder and Stoughton, 1965.
Wentworth, Patricia. The Astonishing Adventure of Jane Smith. Andrew Melrose, 1923.
Wentworth, Patricia. The Brading Collection. Lippincott, 1950.
Wentworth, Patricia. The Case of William Smith. Hodder and Stoughton, 1950.
Wentworth, Patricia. The Devil’s Wind. Andrew Melrose, 1912.
Wentworth, Patricia. The Fire Within. Andrew Melrose, 1913.
Wentworth, Patricia. The Girl in the Cellar. Hodder and Stoughton, 1961.
Wentworth, Patricia. The Ivory Dagger. Hodder and Stoughton, 1953.
Wentworth, Patricia. The Traveller Returns. Hodder and Stoughton, 1948.