P. D. James World Literature Analysis - Essay

P. D. James World Literature Analysis

(Masterpieces of World Literature, Critical Edition)

A skilled novelist, eloquent and erudite, influenced by the introspective style of Jane Austen and the Victorian novelists, P. D. James is one of England’s most prominent mystery writers. Her works are restrained, their internal tensions resulting from close associates facing painful and unforgiving inquiries into secret fears and obsessions. Keen and inquiring, James faces unpleasant truths about human frailty, the complex and sometimes self-destructive relationships among people, and humankind’s potential for psychic and physical violence. Kindly characters murder to protect family, hearth, or reputation, and innocent suspects prove culpable of lesser and greater transgressions. Despite credible plots, meticulously provided...

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