Dorothy SayersPoet / Writer
Born: 13 June 1893
Died: 17 December 1957 (heart failure)
Birthplace: Oxford, England
Best known as: The creator of Lord Peter Wimsey
Dorothy Leigh Sayers introduced her monocle-wearing detective character, Lord Peter Wimsey, in the 1923 novel Who's Body?
Comfortably wealthy, Oxford-schooled, a lover of wine and fine cars, Wimsey was an amateur sleuth who solved mysteries in a world of vicars, cricketers, gentlemen's clubs, and other features of 1920s England. Wimsey was a hit with readers, and Sayers wrote 14 Wimsey novels and short story collections in all, including Clouds of Witness
(1926), The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club
(1928), Five Red Herrings
(1931) and Busman's Honeymoon
(1937). The daughter of a minister, Sayers later wrote many plays, essays and radio broadcasts on Christian themes. One of her best-known works of that genre is The Mind of the Maker
(1941), which discusses the religious side of the human creative impulse. Sayers also wrote a celebrated English translation of Dante
's Divine Comedy
, the third part of which was completed by her friend Barbara Reynolds after her death.
Sayers worked as an advertising copywriter in the 1920s, and used that work as inspiration for her 1933 Wimsey novel Murder Must Advertise… Lord Peter Wimsey was played by actor Ian Carmichael in a BBC miniseries of the 1970s, and by Edward Petherbridge in a 1987 BBC miniseries… Sayers was a friend of Christian author C.S. Lewis and of his Oxford literary group known as the Inklings.
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