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Name: Phyllis Dorothy James                                                       
Born: 3 August 1920                                                               
Phyllis Dorothy James, Baroness James of Holland Park, OBE, FRSA, FRSL (born 3     
August 1920) is an English writer of crime fiction, under the name P. D. James,   
and is a life peer in the British House of Lords.[1]                               
James did not begin writing until she reached her thirties. Her first novel,       
Cover Her Face, featuring the investigator/poet Adam Dalgliesh of New Scotland     
Yard, was published in 1962. She has said that her influences include Jane         
Austen, Dorothy L. Sayers (herself a well-known British author of mysteries),     
Graham Greene and Evelyn Waugh.