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The Resource Pamela Hansford Johnson : her life, work and times, Wendy Pollard

Pamela Hansford Johnson : her life, work and times, Wendy Pollard

Label
Pamela Hansford Johnson : her life, work and times
Title
Pamela Hansford Johnson
Title remainder
her life, work and times
Statement of responsibility
Wendy Pollard
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • This first biography of Pamela Hansford Johnson (1912-1981) has been written with the full co-operation of her three children, who allowed Wendy Pollard access to previously unexamined diaries, letters and much other material, illuminating their mother's eventful and often entertaining life. Pamela Hansford Johnson's achievements were all the more.
  • 'Pamela Hansford Johnson has found the perfect biographer and critic in Wendy Pollard, in a book bound to appeal to readers with an interest in the literary world of twentieth-century Britain, and in women's literary lives in particular. Fully and extensively researched, this intelligent study judiciously sets Hansford Johnson's life and considerable achievements in the context of her times. [It] is a readable and enjoyable book: Pollard writes with real knowledge, insight and balance, and a nice dry wit.' Jenny Hartley, Professor of English Literature at the University of Roehampton 'Miss Hansford Johnson belongs to that group of writers - they are perhaps most to be envied - whose fame has climbed slowly on the wings of each new achievement. In the past ten years she has become well known to the reading public as a novelist of great craftsmanship and distinction and to readers of the weeklies as one of the best contemporary reviewers of novels in the language.' Times Literary Supplement, 1959
Biography type
individual biography
Biographical or historical data
After a number of administrative jobs, Wendy Pollard worked for five years as editorial assistant on the Newsdesk of Independent Television News. While her family was growing up, she studied with the Open University, gaining a first-class honours degree. She was awarded a PhD in 2000 by the English Faculty of the University of Cambridge, for a dissertation on the literary reception of the works of Rosamond Lehmann, which was later published as Rosamond Lehmann and Her Critics: The Vagaries of Literary Reception (Ashgate, 2004).
Cataloging source
UK-WkNB
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Pollard, Wendy
Dewey number
  • 823.912
  • 823.912
Illustrations
photographs
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
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  • Biography: literary
  • Biography
Summary expansion
This first biography of Pamela Hansford Johnson (1912-1981) has been written with the full co-operation of her three children, who allowed Wendy Pollard access to previously unexamined diaries, letters and much other material, illuminating their mother's eventful and often entertaining life. Pamela Hansford Johnson's achievements were all the more remarkable because of her lack of formal education after the age of 16. With no literary contacts to ease her path, she nevertheless quickly established herself first as a poet, then as a prolific short story writer, and, after the publication of her first novel, she was able to support herself and her mother on her income from writing and reviewing. In addition to their aesthetic worth, her novels are remarkable for the portraits they paint of almost forgotten, yet comparatively recent, worlds. Her 1930s novels are not set in the privileged surroundings featured in the novels of the majority of her contemporaries, but in the down-to-earth milieu of lower middle-class Londoners. Her novels of the 1940s and 1950s graphically portray the period of social adjustment during, and immediately after, the Second World War. Later, several of her novels focused on moral dilemmas, and she also varied her range with a group of well-received satirical novels. She frequently broadcast on the Third Programme, and was a regular panel member on the acclaimed radio programme, 'The Critics' and BBC TV's 'The Brains Trust'. Her non-fiction works include literary monographs on Thomas Wolfe and Ivy Compton-Burnett, a published series of broadcasts entitled 'Six Proust Reconstructions', and On Iniquity, a book-length meditation on the Moors Murder Trial, on which she reported for the Sunday Telegraph. Her private life was full of incident, the earliest being her youthful romance with Dylan Thomas. Her first marriage was to an Australian journalist, and she subsequently married the novelist and scientist, C.P. (later Lord) Snow. The Snows formed a celebrated literary partnership, travelling widely, and being feted in academic circles in the USA and the USSR as well as in the UK. The biography also recounts the many intrigues in literary circles in the post-war years when the Snows later became targets for the emerging satire movement
Target audience
general
Label
Pamela Hansford Johnson : her life, work and times, Wendy Pollard
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Publication
Note
8 Hardback
Control code
9780856832987
Dimensions
23x16 cm.
Extent
8 Hardbacks (512p.)
Isbn
9780856832987
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Other physical details
photo., . and
Specific material designation
regular print
Label
Pamela Hansford Johnson : her life, work and times, Wendy Pollard
Publication
Note
8 Hardback
Control code
9780856832987
Dimensions
23x16 cm.
Extent
8 Hardbacks (512p.)
Isbn
9780856832987
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Other physical details
photo., . and
Specific material designation
regular print

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