Margery Allingham

Literary Birthday – 20 May – Margery Allingham

Margery Allingham was born 20 May 1904 and died 30 June 1966.


  1. I write every paragraph four times – once to get my meaning down, once to put in anything I have left out, once to take out anything that seems unnecessary, and once to make the whole thing sound as if I had only just thought of it.
  2. Waiting is one of the great arts.
  3. People don’t alter. They may with enormous difficulty modify themselves, but they never really change.
  4. I believe that an author who cannot control her characters is, like a mother who cannot control her children, not really fit to look after them.
  5. Beware of anger. It is the most difficult to remove of all the hindrances. But it is the alcohol of the body, you know, and the devil of it is that it deadens the perceptions.
  6. When the habitually even-tempered suddenly fly into a passion, that explosion is apt to be more impressive than the outburst of the most violent amongst us.
  7. If one cannot command attention by one’s admirable qualities, one can at least be a nuisance.

Margery Allingham was an English writer of detective fiction. She is best remembered for her ‘golden age’ stories featuring gentleman sleuth Albert Campion. Titles in the series include The Crime at Black Dudley and The Fashion in Shrouds. She is known as one of the ‘Queens of Crime’ along with Agatha Christie, Dorothy L. Sayers, and Ngaio Marsh.

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 by Amanda Patterson

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Posted on: 20th May 2018