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Dorothy Leigh Sayers (Oxford13 June 1893 – Witham (Essex), 17 december 1957) was an English writer, poet and translator and was best known for her detective stories with a higher literary content than generally common in this genre.

Life and work[Edit]Edit

Dorothy Sayers was born in Oxford , the only child of Henry Sayers, an Anglican clergyman and head of a Christian school.

She received her PhD In 1915 with honors in modern languages at Somerville College, Oxford. She was one of the first English women who achieved an academic degree in Oxford. After her graduation she wrote two volumes of poetry. In its supportive, she worked as a copywriter for a while and began at the same time to writing detective novels.

Her first novel, Whose Body?, she published in 1923. In this they introduced the somewhat dandy-like detective Lord Peter Wimsey and his friend, Inspector Parker of Scotland Yard, who solved crimes usually in the higher circles together. He occurs in eleven novels and several short stories. A second amateur detective who they created is that of the traveling salesman Montague Egg, which figures in eleven short stories.

Sayers did in her detective stories to invent creative causes of death, such as death by a cat with poisoned claws and by a dagger of ice.

In 1926 married Sayers with Arthur Fleming and went to live in Witham, Essex.

In december 1936, the Peter Wimsey-roman Busman's Honeymoon as play. There she was so excited about that she stopped writing detective stories and is devoted to writing radio plays and plays. The piece The Man Born to be King, broadcast on the BBC, provoked a storm of criticism. She put her faith in this game vision, where they speak English let the Christ figure everyday, something which at that time was new.

In addition to writing detective novels, Sayers also translated verschjillenden werkeen such as Thomas's Tristan and the Chanson de Roland (Chanson de Roland) from the old French, which she had taught himself, as well as medieval Italian. She was much sought-after as a speaker.

The last years of her life worked Sayers to an English translation of Dante's Divina Comedia three-part (Divine Comedy). It was from her known to religion and medieval studies found more important than writing detective stories. She died unexpectedly of cardiac arrest on 17 december 1957, while she was working on the final part of Dante's work, Paradiso.

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