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The Letters of Dorothy L. Sayers. Vol. 1, 1899-1936: The Making of a Detective Novelist (The Letters of Dorothy L. Sayers #1)

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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 ...more
Hardcover, 421 pages
Published March 15th 1996 by St. Martin's Press (first published January 1st 1996)
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Seems silly to give this a starred rating - yes, excellent letters, well written, young Dorothy! Or, no, ugh, that sixteen-year-old really should have expressed herself different in those letters, what was her editor thinking? So I shall avoid the stars entirely.

I was nervous upon starting this, because I know that sometimes learning more about one's favorite writers can make one love them less. I am happy to report that was not the case in this. Dorothy became far more human to me - with failin
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Apr 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: letters
This first volume of the letters of Dorothy L Sayers gave me much insight into the mind of one of my favourite novelists. Naturally enough, the letters written in childhood are not as interesting as the letters written later in life. But even as a child, Sayers exhibited the qualities she brought to her novels: wit, humour and a fierce intelligence. The letters she wrote to the man she loved, John Cournos are a highlight. These letters - angry, bitter, passionate and articulate - brought tears t ...more
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Aug 09, 2013 rated it liked it
It's hard to rate a volume of letters. Clearly, the author writes them for many different reasons - from arranging the practical details of life (Dear Mother, please send me my badminton racquet and false beard...) to communicating to a colleague one's ideas about one's profession or the great issues of the age. The rating, therefore, relates not to the letter writer's facility with the pen but to the editor's elucidation of the puzzles and allusions the reader can't understand without help. I h ...more
John
Sep 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A few years ago I read through Sayers early and middle letters. Pure enjoyment! Maybe I can get the later ones through a local library loan which presumably will contain a lot about her Dante studies. Sayers was responsible for the final stage of my rehabilitation back to Old Orthodoxy. Many within neo-orthodoxy don't believe in castles. Either real ones or metaphorical ones. And it was Sayers who restored the mote and the parapet in my Christian worldview.
Trish
Jun 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This was a wonderful book of insights into the real life of D.L.S. and all the trials and tribulations she went through as a woman and an author. Loved reading her letters- especially the ones to her parents.
Alexa.elam
Jan 08, 2008 rated it really liked it
A lovingly edited collection of Dorothy Sayers early letters. An interesting portrait of university life for women in the days before they could have degrees conferred (see also A Room of One's Own).
Linnea
Feb 16, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: letters
These are a wonderful glimpse into Sayers' life and mind, as well as much of her writing. I didn't want them to end!
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Dorothy Leigh Sayers was a renowned British author, translator, student of classical and modern languages, and Christian humanist.

Dorothy L. Sayers is best known for her mysteries, a series of novels and short stories set between World War I and World War II that feature English aristocrat and amateur sleuth Lord Peter Wimsey. However, Sayers herself considered her translation of Dante's Divina Co
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