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Title:
Lord Peter : the complete Lord Peter Wimsey stories
Author:
Sayers, Dorothy L. (Dorothy Leigh), 1893-1957.
Edition:
First Perennial edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Perennial, 2001.
Physical Description:
xiii, 474 pages ; 21 cm
Language:
English
Contents:
The abominable history of the man with the copper fingers -- The entertaining episode of the article in question -- The fascinating problem of Uncle Meleager's will -- The fantastic horror of the cat in the bag -- The unprincipled affair of the practical joker -- The undignified melodrama of the bone of contention -- The vindictive story of the footsteps that ran -- The bibulous business of a matter of taste -- The learned adventure of the dragon's head -- The piscatorial farce of the stolen stomach -- The unsolved puzzle of the man with no face -- The adventurous exploit of the cave of Ali Baba --The image in the mirror -- The incredible elopement of Lord Peter Wimsey -- The Queen's square -- The necklace of pearls -- In the teeth of evidence -- Absolutely elsewhere -- Striding folly -- The haunted policeman -- Talboys.
ISBN:
9780060913809
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

One of the founding mothers of mystery, Dorothy Sayers first introduced the popular character Lord Peter Wimsey in 1923 with the publication of Whose Body? Over the next twenty years, more novels and short stories about the aristocratic amateur sleuth appeared, each one as cunningly written as the next.Now in single volume, here are all the Lord Peter Wimsey stories, a treasure for any mystery lover. From "The Fantastic Horror of the Cat in the Bag" to "The Image in the Mirror" and "Talboys," this collection is Lord Peter at his best -- and a true testament to the art of detective fiction.


Author Notes

Dorothy Sayers's impressive reputation as a contemporary master of the classic detective story is eclipsed only by Agatha Christie's. Sayers was born in Oxford and attended Somerville College, where she received a B.A. in 1915 and an M.A. in 1920. During that period, Sayers worked as an instructor of modern languages at Hull High School for Girls in Yorkshire and as a reader for a publisher in Oxford. Her early literary work was in poetry; she published several volumes and served as an editor for the journal Oxford Poetry from 1917 to 1919. Sayers also worked as a copywriter for a major advertising firm in London. She was president of the Modern Language Association from 1939 to 1945 and of the Detection Club in the 1950s.

Around 1920 Sayers developed the idea for her detective hero Lord Peter Wimsey, and she soon published her first mystery, Whose Body? (1923), in which Lord Peter is introduced. For the next dozen or so years, Sayers wrote prolifically about Wimsey, creating in the process what many critics of the genre consider to be the finest detective novels in the English language. Perhaps her most famous Wimsey mystery was The Nine Tailors (1934). Although Sayers essentially followed the classic form in her detective fiction---a formula in which the plot assumes a greater importance than do the characters---Sayers maintained that a detective hero's greatness depended on how effectively the character was portrayed. All but one of Sayers's mysteries feature Lord Peter Wimsey. By the late 1930s, Sayers had apparently tired of writing detective fiction. She stated in 1947 that she would write no more mysteries, that she wrote detective fiction only when she was young and in need of money. Thus saying, Sayers turned her attention to her early loves, medieval and religious literature, spending her remaining years lecturing on and translating Dante (see Vol. 2).

(Bowker Author Biography)


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