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Dorothy L Sayers

(Dorothy Leigh Sayers)
UK (1893 - 1957)

Dorothy L. Sayers is the author of novels, short stories, poetry collections, essays, reviews and translations. Although she was a noted Christian scholar, she is most known for her detective fiction. Born in 1893, she was one of the first women to be awarded a degree from Oxford University. Her first book featuring Lord Peter Wimsey, Whose Body?, was published in 1923 and over the next 20 years more novels and short stories about the aristocratic amateur sleuth appeared. Dorothy L. Sayers is recognized as one of the greatest mystery writers of the 20th century.
 
Anthologies edited
The Omnibus of CrimeTales of DetectionHuman and Inhuman StoriesThe Best Crime Stories Ever Told
 
Non fiction
The Mind of the MakerUnpopular OpinionsCreed or Chaos?Further Papers on Dante
Are Women Human?The Days of Christ's ComingWilkie Collins: A Critical and Biographical StudyThe Whimsical Christian: 18 Essays
Spiritual WritingsThe Letters of Dorothy L. Sayers, 1899-1936: The Making of a Detective NovelistThe Letters of Dorothy L. Sayers: 1937-1943: From Novelist to Playwright
 
Anthologies containing stories by Dorothy L Sayers
The Mystery BookThe Great Book of ThrillersAnd the Darkness FallsTen Tales of Detection
Witches' Brew: Horror and Supernatural Stories by Women
 
Short stories
Bitter Almonds
The Image in the Mirror
A Matter of Taste
The Necklace of Pearls
One Too Many
Suspicion
The Cave of Ali Baba (1928)
The Cyprian Cat (1933)
Absolutely Elsewhere (1934)


Books about Dorothy L Sayers
Such a Strange Lady: Biography of Dorothy L. SayersMaker and Craftsman: The Story of Dorothy L. SayersDorothy L. Sayers: Her Life and SoulWriting Perfomances: The Stages of Dorothy L. Sayers
 
Links to other websites
Dorothy L Sayers Society


Dorothy L Sayers recommends
The Purple Cloud
The Purple Cloud (1901)
M P Shiel
"The very accent of Edgar Allan Poe."
Duplicate Death
Duplicate Death (1951)
(Inspector Hemingway, book 3)
Georgette Heyer
"Miss Heyer's characters and dialogue are an abiding delight to me... I have seldom met people to whom I have taken so violent a fancy from the word 'Go'."
Dark of the Moon
Dark of the Moon (1967)
(Dr. Gideon Fell, book 23)
John Dickson Carr
"He can create atmosphere with an adjective, alarm with an allusion, or delight with rollicking absurdity. In short, he can write."



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