Catholic Women Writers: A Bio-Bibliographical Sourcebook

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Contemporary reviews of Sayers’s religious dramas and essays on religious issues provide insight into the intellectual and social context in which Sayers was working. The Hannay collection offers papers on such topics as Sayers and Wilkie Collins, Christian aesthetics in Sayers’s dramas, good and evil as themes in the detective novels, and the importance of Harriet Vane as an influence in Sayers’s novelistic development. Most recently, John Thurmer’s collection of essays on Sayers’s Christian thought has provided a much-needed contemporary examination of Sayers’s theology, while the collection of essays edited by Christopher Dean and presented to Sayers specialist Barbara Reynolds contains contributions from leading Sayers scholars on such various themes as the author’s personal qualities, her work as a translator, her drama, and her spirituality. Finally, Janice Brown’s recent study provides a more precise theological study of Sayers’s work, focusing on how the seven deadly sins appear in the detective novels.


Works by Dorothy L. Sayers

Catholic Tales and Christian Songs. Oxford: Blackwell, 1918.

Gaudy Night. London: Gollancz, 1935.

Busman’s Honeymoon. London: Gollancz, 1937.

The Zeal of Thy House. London: Gollancz, 1937.

The Devil to Pay. London: Gollancz, 1939.

The Mind of the Maker. London: Methuen, 1941.

The Man Born to Be King: A Play-Cycle on the Life of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. London: Gollancz, 1943.

“Are Women Human?” Unpopular Opinions, by Dorothy Sayers. London: Gollancz, 1946. 106–16.

“Making Sense of the Universe: An Address Given at the Kingsway Hallon Ash Wednesday March 6th 1946.” Pamphlet. London: Claridge, Lewis and Jordan, 1946.

The Just Vengeance. London: Gollancz, 1946.

The Comedy of Dante Aligheri: The Florentine: Cantica I: Hell. Middlesex: Penguin, 1949.

The Emperor Constantine: A Chronicle. London: Gollancz, 1951.

The Comedy of Dante Aligheri The Florentine: Cantica II: Purgatory. Middlesex: Penguin, 1955.

“Christian Belief about Heaven and Hell.” London Sunday Times 16 January 1958: 8. The Comedy of Dante Aligheri The Florentine: Cantica III: Paradise. With Barbara Reynolds. Middlesex: Penguin, 1962.

The Whimsical Christian: Eighteen Essays by Dorothy L. Sayers. New York: Macmillan, 1978.

Works about Dorothy L. Sayers

Basney, Lionel. “God and Peter Wimsey.” Christianity Today 17 (1973): 27–28.


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