Dorothy L. Sayers

A Companion to the Mystery Fiction


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About the Book

Dorothy L. Sayers was one of the “Queens of Crime.” Alongside writers like Agatha Christie, she perfected the whodunnit, but also used the genre to explore social, ethical, and emotional matters. Her characters, particularly Lord Peter Wimsey and his investigative partner Harriet Vane, struggle with the complexities of life and love in a rapidly changing world while solving some of the most intricate and complex mysteries ever offered to the reading public. Sayers was also an important theoretician of detective fiction, a religious dramatist, a public intellectual, and one of the 20th century’s most important translators of Dante. While focusing on her mystery fiction, this companion offers a full view of all aspects of Sayers’s career. It is an ideal introduction for readers new to Sayers’s diverse and rewarding body of work, and an invaluable companion for her many fans.

About the Author(s)

Eric Sandberg is an assistant professor in the Department of English at City University of Hong Kong and holds a docentship in literature at the University of Oulu, Finland. He is co-editor of the Edinburgh University Press journal Crime Fiction Studies, and has published extensively on topics ranging from literary modernism to contemporary crime fiction.

Series Editor Elizabeth Foxwell, an Agatha Award winner, serves as managing editor of Clues: A Journal of Detection and is an editor at McFarland.

Bibliographic Details

Eric Sandberg. Series Editor Elizabeth Foxwell

Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 231
Bibliographic Info: 6 photos, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2022
pISBN: 978-1-4766-7348-6
eISBN: 978-1-4766-4530-8
Imprint: McFarland
Series: McFarland Companions to Mystery Fiction

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments  vi
Preface  1
Organization of the Companion  5
Selected Works in Chronological Order  7
Selected Works in Alphabetical Order  13
A Brief Biography  19
A Career Chronology  23
The Companion  25
Works Cited  209
Index  221