Happy Birthday Dorothy (Dogma-loving) Sayers
Born today 116 years ago, Dorothy Leigh Sayers was an English scholar, playwright, and writer of detective novels. She studied medieval literature at Oxford, and was one of the first women to graduate (in 1915) from that university.
She may be best known for the detective novels featuring Lord Peter Wimsey. Her translation of Dante's The Divine Comedy is considered unmatched in quality and readability.
My wife is the expert on her fiction. I never read any. But in February, 1968 I read The Mind of the Maker, and felt the holy fires of being a verbal creator with a small c in the image of God the Maker.
Just as good was the collection of essays, Creed or Chaos? In particular one is worth the price of the book just for the title: “The Dogma is the Drama.”
She never tired of deriding the delicate soft-pedaling of serious…