Pamela Hansford Johnson’s “amphetamine addiction is never investigated, nor are the anonymous poison-pen letters…”

Pamela Hansford Johnson in 1949

Pamela Hansford Johnson in 1949

Reviewing Pamela Hansford Johnson: Her Life, Works and Times by Wendy Pollard, Hilary Spurling writes:

“Reviewing the impact of Johnson’s amphetamine addiction is never investigated, nor are the anonymous poison-pen letters she received at intervals for much of her life, nor for that matter Francis King’s suggestion that Snow led a secret life like his friends, the novelist William Cooper and the Cambridge historian J.H. Plumb. All three had been taught at the same Leicester school by the same charismatic schoolmaster, who caused consternation 40 years later when the police threatened to arrest him on charges of paedophilia. A strain of suppressed homosexuality might explain much that remains mysterious about the Snows’ marriage: the aridity of his private life, her ongoing sexual frustration, the bland evasiveness that deadens his fiction, perhaps also the fact that he has had no biography in more than 30 years since his death.”

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