Her father, the Rev.
Her father, the Rev. When Sayers was six, her father started teaching her Latin. The church graveyard next to the elegant Regency-style rectory features the surnames of several characters from her mystery The Nine Tailors ; the nearby River Great Ouse and the Fens invite comparison with the book's vivid description of a massive flood around the village.
Her father later moved to the simpler living of Christchurchin Cambridgeshire. InSayers won a scholarship to Somerville College, Oxford  where she studied modern languages and medieval literature and was taught by Mildred Pope.
She finished with first-class honours in Her experience of Oxford academic life eventually inspired her penultimate Peter Wimsey novel, Gaudy Night.
Career[ edit ] Poetry, teaching, Dorothy sayers advertisements[ edit ] Sayers's first book of poetry was published in as OP. I  by Blackwell Publishing in Oxford.
Her second book of poems, "Catholic Tales and Christian Songs", was published inalso by Blackwell. Later, Sayers worked for Blackwell's and then as a teacher in several locations, including NormandyFrance. She also published a number of poems in the Oxford Magazine.
Benson 's advertising agency, located at International Buildings, Kingsway, London. A colleague of hers at the agency was Albert Henry Ross who is better known by his literary pseudonym Frank Morison.
He wrote the best-selling Christian apologetics book Who Moved the Stone? Sayers later relied on his book when she composed the trial scene of Jesus in her play The Dorothy sayers Born to be King.
Her collaboration with artist John Gilroy resulted in "The Mustard Club" for Colman's Mustard and the Guinness "Zoo" advertisements, variations of which still appear today. One famous example was the Toucanhis bill arching under a glass of Guinness, with Sayers's jingle: Pym is a man of rigid morality—except, of course, as regards his profession, whose essence is to tell plausible lies for money—" "How about truth in advertising?
There's yeast in bread, but you can't make bread with yeast alone. It provides a suitable quantity of gas, with which to blow out a mass of crude misrepresentation into a form that the public can swallow.
The seeds of the plot for Whose Body? My detective story begins brightly, with a fat lady found dead in her bath with nothing on but her pince-nez. Now why did she wear pince-nez in her bath? If you can guess, you will be in a position to lay hands upon the murderer, but he's a very cool and cunning fellow Sayers once commented that Lord Peter was a mixture of Fred Astaire and Bertie Woosterwhich is most evident in the first five novels.
However, it is evident through Lord Peter's development as a rounded character that he existed in Sayers's mind as a living, breathing, fully human being. Sayers introduced the character of detective novelist Harriet Vane in Strong Poison.
She remarked more than once that she had developed the "husky voiced, dark-eyed" Harriet to put an end to Lord Peter via matrimony.
But in the course of writing Gaudy NightSayers imbued Lord Peter and Harriet with so much life that she was never able, as she put it, to "see Lord Peter exit the stage".
Sayers did not content herself with writing pure detective stories; she explored the difficulties of First World War veterans in The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Clubdiscussed the ethics of advertising in Murder Must Advertiseand advocated women's education then a controversial subject and role in society in Gaudy Night.
The book has been described as "the first feminist mystery novel. In The Nine Tailorsone of her best-known detective novels, the plot unfolds largely in and around an old church dating back to the Middle Ages.
Change ringing of bells also forms an important part of the novel.
In Have His Carcasethe Playfair cipher and the principles of cryptanalysis are explained. Her short story Absolutely Elsewhere refers to the fact that in the language of modern physics the only perfect alibi for a crime is to be outside its light conewhile The Fascinating Problem of Uncle Meleager's Will contains a literary crossword puzzle.
Sayers also wrote a number of short stories about Montague Egga wine salesman who solves mysteries. Translations[ edit ] Dante shown holding a copy of the Divine Comedynext to the entrance to Hell, the seven terraces of Mount Purgatory, and the city of Florence, with the spheres of Heaven above Sayers herself considered her translation of Dante 's Divine Comedy to be her best work.
The boldly titled Hell appeared inas one of the recently introduced series of Penguin Classics. Purgatory followed in Join the Dorothy L Sayers Society today. The Dorothy L Sayers Society was founded in to promote the study of the life, works and thoughts of this great scholar and writer, to encourage the performance of her plays and the publication of books by and about her, to preserve original material for posterity and to provide assistance for researchers.
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