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Dorothy L.Sayers James Brabazon(Author)

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Dorothy L.Sayers

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Original name book: Dorothy L.Sayers

Pages: 324

Language: English

Publisher: Gollancz; New Ed edition (1988)

By: James Brabazon(Author)

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Category - Literature & Fiction

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Portrays the life of Dorothy L. Sayers and examines the development of her career as an author of detective stories and Christian theology

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Customer Reviews
  • By C. Gallagher on October 2, 2013

    The biographer seems to find Miss Sayers to be his reason for his life's career and the most important adult in his life. He seems to understand her motivations and psychology. It is apparent and not real. Throughout the book he details her limitations and her path to Christianity and her participation in the Christian mysteries in a tone that is quite strange. One perhaps should be understanding of human limitations and be straightforward about them. He is very dismissive of her conversation with God or lack of it. She is to be pitied and not written off.HOWEVER, I do have several pages of notes that are useful. If you can get over his tone, then you can learn something about YOURSELF by reading this biography of Miss Sayers.

  • By RCM on September 27, 2011

    Dorothy L. Sayers is best known for her wholly original sleuth Lord Peter Wimsey and the eleven detective novels he features in. While this leagacy is certainly something to be proud of, and something that has stood the test of time since the 1920s, there is so much more to know about Sayers, as a writer and a person, than can be discovered by reading the Wimsey series. James Brabazon's biography, originally published in 1981, was the first authorized biography of Sayers, written partially in response to unauthorized biographies that relied on rumor and inaccuracies. It is a thorough look at Sayer's life and work and what could have been.Brabazon begins with a brief sketch of Dorothy's childhood, spent in both Oxford and the desolate fen countryside, before her return to Oxford as a student. From the outset, he paints her as a particular and unique individual, an intelligent, lonely child who found her best friends through reading and imagining. She thrived during her years at Oxford, finding a kinship with intelligent women that lasted throughout her lifetime. Her post-Oxford years were a time of struggle, as WWI waged on, offering uncertain job opportunities and taking away many of the eligible men of Dorothy's generation. She worked as a teacher, copywriter, and editor before finding fame with her Peter Wimsey mysteries, writing she never considered her "serious" work but a way to make money to support her other interests (of which there were many).Brabazon, while often praising and defending Sayers, doesn't hesitate to point our her difficulties and her faults. Many, even her closest friends, didn't know until after her death that she had a son born out of wedlock. She was argumentative and could sometimes become irrational when passionate about a cause. She threw herself into all of her interests - theatre and play writing, church affairs, and defending the Christian faith - wholeheartedly, sometimes to her detriment. What Sayers considered her "serious" writing were her works about faith, most notably "The Mind of the Maker," - a work on par with the writings of C.S. Lewis and G.K. Chesterton.Dorothy L. Sayers was a fiercely proud woman who managed to keep her public and personal lives separate, but perhaps at a cost to herself, for there were certain experiences she missed out on which surely would have enriched her writings. Brabazon presents a telling portrait of one of the most unique minds of the twentieth century whose work continues to transcend time. At times he pushes himself too much into the narrative and one might wish for more contextual background for subjects readers may not be too familiar with. Still, as a starting point for fans of Dorothy L. Sayers, this biography is a worthwhile read. I would certainly hope that more has been written about her since 1981 that could shed even more light on this enigmatic figure.

  • By E. Strickenburg on September 23, 2011

    I picked up this book because I love the Lord Peter mysteries and wanted to learn more about their creator. While I did enjoy learning more about the life of Dorothy Sayers, the biography itself was a bit of a disappointment.This book suffered from the fact that it was written in reaction to other biographies. Dorothy Sayers was a very private woman when it came to her personal life, so after her death, several biographies were written that contained either partial or incorrect information about her life. This biography was a response, and is the first biography to be written with the blessing of the family and with access to Ms. Sayers' private papers. While this is certainly a step in the right direction, the book gives the impression of trying to prove itself. It takes a defensive tone rather than just telling a story.I also reacted against the author's tendency to poke his head into the narrative in order to point out his own opinions. James Brabazon had actually met Dorothy Sayers. He was inspired to become an actor after hearing her speak about drama and theater. I can understand wanting to point this out, but after a while his commentary began to feel like interruptions - as if I was reading a badly written Victorian novel, with constant addresses of "Dear Reader."This book wasn't terrible. It just wasn't inspiring. I came to it wanting to be inspired to read Dorothy Sayers' post-Wimsey books. When I finished the book, I was still interested, but almost in spite of the biography. The chapter about what was going on in her life during the writing of the Lord Peter books was by far the most interesting. The second half of the book was rather a chore to plough through.Surely there's been a better biography of Dorothy Sayers written since 1981.

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