Dorothy L. Sayers, Suzanne Bray
God, Hitler and Lord Peter Wimsey: Selected Essays, Speeches and Articles by Dorothy L. Sayers
Edited with a preface and commentary by Suzanne Bray
Published: June 2019
Paperback (255 pages)
Publisher: Tippermuir Books Limited
From her first book of poetry to her incomplete translation of Dante’s Paradiso, Dorothy L. Sayers was responsible for hundreds of publications. Novels, short stories, poems, plays, translations, essays and articles of many kinds, book reviews, speeches and radio broadcasts reveal a writer who took her work seriously and managed to earn her living with her pen. Not all of Sayers’ immense output is easily accessible today. While her fiction has remained more or less continuously in print, much of her other work has been more difficult to find and some speeches, essays and articles have never been reprinted at all. This collection of Sayers’ works, presented in chronological order, covers most of her adult life, from the light-hearted meditations of a young woman who still has not found her place in the world to the serious and highly pragmatic opinions of an experienced playwright eager to share what she has learned with others. They cover a wide range of subjects – not only ‘God, Hitler and Lord Peter Wimsey’, but also Oxford, drama, love, the press, the Church and the devil, among others! One text, the radio broadcast on ‘The Over-30 Association’, has never been published before.
Suzanne Bray is Professor of British Literature and Civilisation at Lille Catholic University in the north of France. she specialises in the interaction between religious ideas and popular culture in twentieth century Britain and has published extensively, in French and in English, on several authors including Dorothy L. Sayers, C. S. Lewis and Charles Williams.