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Dorothy L. Sayers: A Careless Rage for Life | [David Coomes]

Dorothy L. Sayers: A Careless Rage for Life

Known to millions as the creator of Lord Peter Wimsey and the best-selling author of a dozen detective novels, Dorothy Leigh Sayers was in reality a complex woman, moved, she said, by "a careless rage for life." It is this complex Sayers - brilliant student, controversial apologist, witty, bawdy, intolerant of fools, the woman "terrified of emotion" - who is revealed in this new biography that draws extensively on the thousands of letters Sayers wrote, many of them made public for the first time.
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Known to millions as the creator of Lord Peter Wimsey and the best-selling author of a dozen detective novels, Dorothy Leigh Sayers was in reality a complex woman, moved, she said, by "a careless rage for life." It is this complex Sayers - brilliant student, controversial apologist, witty, bawdy, intolerant of fools, the woman "terrified of emotion" - who is revealed in this new biography that draws extensively on the thousands of letters Sayers wrote, many of them made public for the first time.

The production of Sayers' radio play on the life of Christ, The Man Born to Be King, raised a storm of controversy. Revelling in the verbal battle, pugnacious, tenacious, she nonetheless pursued the Christian faith not merely as an intellectual godgame, but - as her letters reveal - as the dominant force in her life.

Crime novelist P.D. James has referred to Sayers' treatment in the Wimsey novels of the themes of justice, guilt, punishment, and the imperatives of personal responsibility. In the later detective novels, readers can also find a mirror image of Sayers herself, in the thinly-disguised autobiographical figure of Harriet Vane.

©1992 by David Coomes; (P)1993 by Blackstone Audiobooks

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