epub Dorothy L. Sayers epub

by James Brabazon

After reading so many biographies of Dorothy L. Sayers, I hoped that official biographer Brabazon would say something new. Brabazon was an actor and producer who first met Sayers at one of her lectures and who later was encouraged by her to act professionally.

The biography includes a preface by Anthony Fleming, Sayers' son, and a foreword by P. D. James. It is telling that Fleming does not reveal any feelings towards his birth mother despite the fact that he takes the responsibility for allowing this version of the Sayers' life. The foreword by James is one of the highlights.

Brabazon has a more measured approach than his predecessors and he is able to reveal a lot more detail and make fewer assumptions than other Sayers biographers simply because of his access to her letters and other unpublished papers. It is a very full biography, and in terms of detail, I would recommend this above previous tomes by Janet Hitchman, Alzina Stone Dale, Ralph E. Hone, and Nancy Tischler. Where this official story falls down is in not chronologically tying Sayers' life to her works and this makes it difficult to envision the tensions between Sayers the writer and Sayers in her other roles.

Although Brabazon's work is touted as the definitive Sayers' biographer, there is also that of Barbara Reynolds published a dozen years later, which I'm working through at the moment.

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PublisherScribner Book Company
Release date 01.06.1981
Pages count308
eBook formatHardcover, (torrent)En
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