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Dorothy L. Sayers
Biography
Dorothy L. Sayers, the greatest of the golden age detective novelists, was born in Oxford in 1893. She was one of the first women to be awarded a degree by Oxford University and worked as a copywriter in an advertising agency from 1921 to 1932. Her aristocratic detective, Lord Peter Wimsey, became one of the most popular fictional heroes of the twentieth century. Dorothy L. Sayers also became famous for her religious plays, notably The Man Born to be King, which was broadcast controversially during the war years, but she considered her translation of Dante's Divine Comedy to be her best work. She died in 1957.

Author biography courtesy of St. Martin's Press.

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Chronology
*Whose Body?, 1923
*Clouds of Witness, 1925
*Unnatural Death, 1927
*The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club, 1928
*Lord Peter Views the Body (stories, audio), 1928
*The Documents in the Case (coauthor), 1930
*Strong Poison, 1930
*The Five Red Herrings, 1931
*Have His Carcase, 1932
*Murder Must Advertise, 1933
*Hangman's Holiday (stories, audio), 1933
*The Nine Tailors, 1934
*Gaudy Night, 1935
*Busman's Honeymoon (play), 1936
*Busman's Honeymoon, 1937
*He That Should Come (play), 1938
*The Devil to Pay (play), 1939
*Double Death: A Murder Story (coauthor), 1939
*In the Teeth of the Evidence and Other Stories (stories, audio), 1939
*Creed or Chaos? (essays), 1940
*Love All (play), 1940
*The Man Born to Be King (play), 1941
*The Mind of the Maker (essays), 1941
*Further Papers on Dante, 1957
*Are Women Human? (essays), 1971
*Lord Peter: A Collection of All the Lord Peter Wimsey Stories, 1972
*Wilkie Collins, a Critical and Biographical Study, 1977
*The Scoop and Behind the Screen (coauthor), 1983
*Spiritual Writings, 1993
*The Letters of Dorothy L. Sayers, 1899-1936: The Making of a Detective Novelist, 1996
*The Letters of Dorothy L. Sayers: 1937-1943, from Novelist to Playwright, 1998
*Thrones, Dominations (unfinished), 1998
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