Pamela Hansford Johnson (1912-1981)

Death: 18th June 1981
Location: Cremated, ashes scattered on the River Avon at Stratford-upon-Avon
Photo taken by: Gerald England
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English novelist. She began her literary career by writing poems, which were published in the Sunday Referee. In 1933, Pamela wrote to Dylan Thomas, who had also been published in the same paper, and a friendship developed. Marriage was considered, but the idea was ultimately abandoned. 
In 1936 she married an Australian journalist, Gordon Neil Stewart. They were divorced in 1949. In 1950, Pamela married the novelist C. P. Snow. 
She wrote 27 novels. Her themes centered on the moral responsibility of the individual in their personal and social relations. The fictional genres she used ranged from romantic comedy (Night and Silence Who Is Here?) and high comedy (The Unspeakable Skipton) to tragedy (The Holiday Friend) and the psychological study of cruelty (An Error of Judgement). She also wrote seven short plays, six of them in collaboration with C. P. Snow.