Dorothy L. Sayers

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Writer on Lights Out (1949)

Born:

6/18/1893, Oxford, England

Died:

12/17/1957

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  • Dorothy Leigh Sayers was the only child of a Church of England minister who in 1893 was headmaster of Christ Church Cathedral School, Oxford. She spent much of her childhood at Bluntisham, Cambridgeshire, where her father was later Rector, and she was sent from there as a boarder to The Godolphin School, Salisbury, Wiltshire.In 1915 she took a First in Modern Languages at Somerville College, Oxford, and her first job was with Blackwell's, an Oxford firm of publishers and booksellers. Next, she taught at a school in northern France, and from 1922 to 1931 she worked in London as an advertising copywriter. Dorothy L Sayers' first novel, Whose Body?, appeared in 1923. This was the debut of her amateur detective, Lord Peter Wimsey, whose career later developed into fourteen volumes and a stage play. Apart from Wimsey, there were other novels, stories for radio, plays, religious works and translations from early French and Italian literature. Of her plays, The Man Born to be King was the most famous and controversial, with Jesus Christ speaking in modern English. As a theologian, though, Sayers was an old-fashioned Anglican. During her early copywriting years she joined a motorcycle gang, fell in love with a member, and had a son, Anthony. She married Atherton Fleming, a war correspondent, in 1926, and from 1928 until her death in 1957 lived at Witham, Essex.For more information, see the book Such a Strange Lady - A Biography of Dorothy L. Sayers (1975), by Janet Hitchman.moreless

    Birth Name:

    Dorothy Leigh Sayers

    Birth Place:

    Oxford, England