Innocent Blood Summary
Maureen Howard in a 1980 New York Times book review calls Innocent Blood "a novel clear and true . .
. a quest for personal identity, of irrational love and strain of duty between parents and children, husband and wife." Inspired by a newspaper account which James read as a consequence of the Children's Act of 1975, which permitted adopted children eighteen years or older to know the identity of their real parents, Innocent Blood explores one of the worst possible situations. In this story, an insecure but independent-minded eighteen-year-old Philippa Rose Palfrey learns that her father was a rapist and her mother a child murderer.
As Philippa pursues her search for identity, she becomes acquainted with a side of London she never knew in the elegant suburban surroundings in which she was brought up by the Palfreys. She discovers the complexities of love and forgiveness, and she experiences the tension between the...
(read more from the Study Guide)
The Innocent Blood Study Pack contains about 5 pages of study material in 5 products, including:
Innocent Blood Short Guide
P. D. James Biographies (4)
1,668 words, approx. 6 pages
The British author P(hyllis) D(orothy) James (born 1920) wrote in the tradition of the British crime storyteller, but her extensive explorations of relationships, motivations, and meanings of justice ...
12,470 words, approx. 42 pages
Biography EssayThe coming-of-age of a mature crime fiction in England, to which P. D. James has contributed prominently, can be attributed to a variety of disparate causes: the rapid changes in a soci...
11,974 words, approx. 40 pages
[This entry was updated by Ann Sanders Cargill (Columbia, S.C.) from the entry by Bernard Benstock (University of Miami) in the Concise Dictionary of British Literary Biography, volume 8, pp. 180-199....
5,045 words, approx. 17 pages
P. D. James is the inheritor of some of the most distinguished literary mantles in popular fiction, those previously worn by detective-story writers who achieved near perfection in their craft. James'...