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Sayers on Holmes Paperback – August 6, 2001


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  • Paperback: 66 pages
  • Publisher: Mythopoeic Pr (August 6, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 188772608X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1887726085
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.8 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,602,379 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Dorothy L. Sayers, 1893-1957

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Dorothy L. Sayers (1893-1957) was a playwright, scholar, and acclaimed author of mysteries, best known for her books starring the gentleman sleuth Lord Peter Wimsey.

Born in Oxford, England, Sayers, whose father was a reverend, grew up in the Bluntisham rectory and won a scholarship to Oxford University where she studied modern languages and worked at the publishing house Blackwell's, which published her first book of poetry in 1916.

Years later, working as an advertising copywriter, Sayers began work on Whose Body?, a mystery novel featuring dapper detective Lord Peter Wimsey. Over the next two decades, Sayers published ten more Wimsey novels and several short stories, crafting a character whose complexity was unusual for the mystery novels of the time.

In 1936, Sayers brought Lord Peter Wimsey to the stage in a production of Busman's Honeymoon, a story which she would publish as a novel the following year. The play was so successful that she gave up mystery writing to focus on the stage, producing a series of religious works culminating in The Man Born to Be King (1941) a radio drama about the life of Jesus.

She also wrote theological essays and criticism during and after World War II, and in 1949 published the first volume of a translation of Dante's Divine Comedy (which she considered to be her best work).

Dorothy Sayers died of a heart attack in 1957.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Allyn Gibson on February 28, 2002
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A collection of Sayers' scholarly writings on Sherlock Holmes, Sayers on Holmes belongs in the libraries of fans of both Sayers and Holmes. Some of the essays may be familiar through other collections, but no other book collects all of her Holmesian writings together, and the discerning reader can sense a keen mind at play with the intricacies of the Holmesian canon. The highlight of this book is the final selection wherein Lord Peter Wimsey, Sayers' famous detective creation, relates an episode from his childhood where he hires Holmes to find his lost pet cat. A delightful story, it captures a feeling of true whimsey (pardon the pun). Recommended.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By R. Riis VINE VOICE on March 14, 2002
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A compilation of the writing of Dorothy Sayers on Sherlock Holmes, and who should know more about mystery writing than Sayers? For those who enjoy scholarly writing and speculation on the character and cases of Holmes, this is first-rate stuff. The Lord Peter Whimsey / Holmes radio play is an interesting pastiche. At 66 pages, though, this is one thin book. Eight dollars sure doesn't go as far as it used to....
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Philip K. Jones on January 30, 2011
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I maintain the database of Sherlockian pastiches, parodies and related fiction and I am frequently asked to write about the better Sherlockian pastiches of which I am aware. I usually decline, citing the difficulties of comparing styles and approaches to pastiche writing and the differences in tastes and preferences among writers. Some writers are better than others at the game of imitating Doyle, but most make an honest effort to present a story in the style of the Canon.

Dorothy Sayers has taken a young Lord Peter Wimsey as the client for a Sherlock Holmes mystery in her "The Case of the Missing Kitten" which appears in this book. To my mind, this tale accurately captures the essence of The Master as Holmes accepts the young Lord Peter's case and his money. He takes Lord Peter seriously and he treats him as he would an adult with an importatnt problem, which this is to Lord Peter. His solution is ingenious and his actions honor the serious nature of Peter's problem. This is the best pastiche I know of and I have more than 5,500 in my personal collection.
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