The Letters of Dorothy L. Sayers, 1899-1936: The Making of a Detective Novelist

The Letters of Dorothy L. Sayers, 1899-1936: The Making of a Detective Novelist

by Dorothy L. Sayers
     
 
In a letter to her mother 75 years ago, Dorothy L. Sayers offered a first glimpse of the novel that launched one of our most admired detectives, Lord Peter Wimsey. Here is the long-desired collection of intimate thoughts and ideas that shaped the early years of this remarkable writer. These letters paint a revealing portrait of one of the most fascinating women of our

Overview

In a letter to her mother 75 years ago, Dorothy L. Sayers offered a first glimpse of the novel that launched one of our most admired detectives, Lord Peter Wimsey. Here is the long-desired collection of intimate thoughts and ideas that shaped the early years of this remarkable writer. These letters paint a revealing portrait of one of the most fascinating women of our time.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Reynolds has written two biographical works on the English detective novelist Sayers (1893-1957) and also completed the translation of Dante's Inferno begun by Sayers at the end of her life. This book is the first of two volumes of Sayers's correspondence, selected and edited by Reynolds, with an introduction by P.D. James. The volume begins with Sayers's childhood letters to friends and family, follow her to the Godolphin School and to Oxford, and then chronicle her years of teaching, working in an advertising agency, bearing a child out of wedlock, getting married, and starting a writing career. Readers of Sayers's fiction (e.g., Murder Must Advertise, 1933) will enjoy learning about events in her life that made their way into her fiction, and they will not be surprised to find that Sayers was quite a literate and lucid letter writer. Recommended for literature collections and where there is an interest in the writer.-Denise Johnson, Bradley Univ. Lib., Peoria, Ill.
Booknews
A collection of Sayers' youthful letters portraying an ambitious, intelligent girl flowering into an equally ambitious and witty young woman. Often characterized as "aloof" these letters show a different side of the detective novelist who also wrote poetry and had a keen interest in theology. Among the letters are those to the man who jilted her, and the illegitimate son whom she could not acknowledge publicly, making the formidable novelist more understandable within the context of life experience. An introduction by P.D. James and notes by Barbara Reynolds round out the letters and the life. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312140014
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
03/15/1996
Pages:
421
Product dimensions:
6.36(w) x 9.26(h) x 1.23(d)

Meet the Author


Dorothy L. Sayers, the greatest of the golden age detective novelists, was born in Oxford in 1893. Her aristocratic detective, Lord Peter Wimsey, became one of the most popular fictional heroes of the twentieth century. She devoted the last 20 years of her life to playwriting, Christian scholarship, and a new translation of Dante. She died in 1957.

Barbara Reynolds is the president of the Dorothy L. Sayers Society and author of the New York Times notable book of the year, Dorothy L. Sayers: Her Life and Soul, which was also nominated for both an Edgar and an Anthony award. An Italian scholar and a personal friend of Sayers, Dr. Reynolds completed the translation of Dante's Divine Comedy that Sayers left unfinished at the time of her death.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
June 13, 1893
Date of Death:
December 17, 1957
Place of Birth:
Oxford, England
Education:
B.A., Oxford University, 1915; M.A., B.C.L., 1920

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