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Dorothy Sayers

Dorothy Leigh Sayers (1893 – 1957) is best known as an English crime writer, particularly for creating the character, Lord Peter Wimsey. She was one of the first women to receive a degree at Oxford, Somerville College, graduating with honors in 1915 and earning her Masters degree in 1920. Her experiences at Oxford, and her work as a copywriter for the advertising firm, S.H. Benson, inspired many of her stories and poems. She is credited with coining the slogan: “It pays to advertise!”
Whose Body? is Sayers’ first novel where she introduces Lord Peter Wimsey in his first case. This well-known crime fiction entered the public domain on Jan. 1, 2019. She considered her best work to be her translation of Dante’s The Divine Comedy (1949-1962).
If you like Sayers’ mystery novel, you may also enjoy our collection of Mystery Stories, featuring Agatha Christie and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.


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