Dorothy L. Sayers (1893-1957)

A Selective Bibliography


Detective novels

Whose Body? 1923.

Clouds of Witness. [The Dawson Pedigree] 1926.

Unnatural Death. 1927.

The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club. 1928.

The Documents in the Case. [co-written] 1930.

Strong Poison. 1930.

Five Red Herrings. [Suspicious Characters] 1931.

Have His Carcase. 1932.

Murder Must Advertise. 1933.

The Nine Tailors. 1934.

Gaudy Night. 1935.

Busman’s Honeymoon. 1937.


Collections of detective short stories

Lord Peter Views the Body. 1928.

Hangman’s Holiday. 1933.

In the Teeth of Evidence. 1940.



He That Should Come. 1937.

The Zeal of Thy House. 1937. (for the Canterbury Festival)

The Devil to Pay. 1939. (for the Canterbury Festival)

The Man Born to Be King. 1943. (series of 12 radio plays on life of Christ, 1941-42)

The Just Vengeance. 1946. (for the Litchfield Festival)

   Four Sacred Plays. 1948.

The Emperor Constantine. 1951. (for the Colchester Festival)


Essays & other writings

The Mind of the Maker. 1941.

Unpopular Opinions. 1946.

Creed or Chaos? And Other Essays in Popular Theology. 1947.

Introductory Papers on Dante. 1954.

Further Papers on Dante. 1957. 

The Poetry of Search and the Poetry of Statement; and Other Posthumous Essays on

   Literature, Religion and Language. 1963.


Translations & related writings

Tristan in Brittany, being the Fragments of the Romance of Tristan Written in the XII

   Century by Thomas the Anglo-Norman. 1929.

The Song of Roland. 1957.


Divina Commedia: I. Hell (1949), II. Purgatory (1955),

III. Paradise (1962) [completed by Barbara Reynolds]


Edited works

Great Short Stories of Detection, Mystery and Horror. I. 1928 / II. 1931 / III. 1934.

   [title in U.S.: Omnibus of Crime]

Tales of Detection. 1936.         



The Letters of Dorothy L. Sayers: 1899-1936, The Making of a Detective Novelist / ed.

   Barabara Reynolds. St. Martin’s Press, 1996.

The Letters of Dorothy L. Sayers: 1937-1943, From Novelist to Playwright / ed. Barabara

   Reynolds. St. Martin’s Press, 1998.


Biographies & critical writings about Sayers

Margaret Hannay. “Dorothy Sayers” in Encyclopedia of British Women Writers. Rev. ed. (1998)

Catherine Kenney. “Sayers, Dorothy Leigh” in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (2004)

Caroline Reitz. “Dorothy L. Sayers” in Oxford Encyclopedia of British Literature (2006)

William D. Reynolds. “Sayers, Dorothy L.” in Reference Guide to English Literature. 2nd ed. (1991)


Contemporary Authors. NRS 60 (1998).

Dictionary of Literary Biography 10 (1982), 36 (1985), 77 (1989), 100 (1990)

Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism. 2 (1979), 15 (1985)


Joe Christopher [et al.] “A Sayers Bibliography” in Unicorn 1-3 (1969-1977)

Colleen Gilbert. A Bibliography of the Works of Dorothy L. Sayers. Hamden, CT: Shoe

   String, 1978.

Robert Harmon & Margaret Burger. An Annotated Guide to the Works of Dorothy L.

   Sayers. New York: Garland, 1977.

Ruth Youngberg. Dorothy L. Sayers: A Reference Guide. G. K. Hall, 1982.


James Barbazon. Dorothy L. Sayers: the Life of a Courageous Woman. New York:

   Scribners, 1981.

Janice Brown. The Seven Deadly Sins in the Work of Dorothy L. Sayers. Kent State

   University Press, 1989.

Mitzi Brunsdale. Dorothy L. Sayers: Solving the Mystery of Wickedness. Berg, 1991.

James B. Burleson. A Study of the Novels of Dorothy L. Sayers. Dissertation (Ph.D.).—University of Texas, 1969.

David Coombes. Dorothy L. Sayers: A Careless Rage for Life. Lion Books, 1992.

Alzina Stone Dale (ed.) Dorothy L. Sayers: The Centenary Celebration. New York:

   Walker, 1993.

Alzina Stone Dale. Maker and Craftsman: The Story of Dorothy L. Sayers. Grand

   Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1978.

Mary A. Donahoe. The Sacramental Aesthetic in the Plays of Dorothy L. Sayers.

   Dissertation (Ph.D.).—University of Oregon, 1992.

Crystal Downing. Writing Performances: The Stages of Dorothy L. Sayers. Palgrave

   Macmillan, 2004.

Mary Brian Durkin, O.P. Dorothy L. Sayers. Boston: Twayne, 1980.

Marion Fairman. The Neo-Medieval Plays of Dorothy L. Sayers. Dissertation (Ph.D.).—

   University of Pittsburgh, 1961.

Dawson Gaillard. Dorothy L. Sayers. New York: Ungar, 1981.

Trevor H. Hall. Dorothy L. Sayers: Nine Literary Studies. London: Duckworth, 1980.

Margaret Hannay (ed.) As Her Whimsey Took Her: Critical Essays on the Work of

   Dorothy L. Sayers. Kent State University Press, 1979.

Janet Hitchman. Such a Strange Lady: An Introduction to Dorothy L. Sayers (1893-

   1957). New York: Harper & Row, 1975.

Ralph E. Hone. Dorothy L. Sayers: A Literary Biography. Kent State University Press,


Catherine Kenney. The Remarkable Case of Dorothy L. Sayers. Kent State University

   Press, 1990.

Gaylord Larsen. Dorothy and Agatha. Dutton, 1990.

Terrance Lewis. Dorothy L. Sayers’ Wimsey and Interwar British Society. Mellen, 1994.

Robert Kuhn McGregor & Ethan Lewis. Conundrums for the Long Weekend: England,

   Dorothy L. Sayers and Lord Peter Wimsey. KentsState University Press, 2000.

Barbara Reynolds. Dorothy L. Sayers: Her Life and Soul. St. Martin’s, 1993.

Barbara Reynolds. The Passionate Intellect: Dorothy L. Sayers’ Encounter with Dante.

   Kent State University Press, 1989.

C. W. Scott-Giles. The Wimsey Family: A Fragmentary History Compiled from

   Correspondence with Dorothy L. Sayers. New York: Harper & Row, 1977.

Laura K. Simmons. Creed Without Chaos: Exploring Theology in the Writings of

   Dorothy L. Sayers. Baker, 2005.

Sara Lee Soloway. Dorothy Sayers: Novelist. Dissertation (Ph.D.).—University of 

   Kentucky, 1971.

Nancy Tischler. Dorothy L. Sayers: A Pilgrim Soul. Atlanta, GA: Know, 1980.



Bulletin of the Dorothy L. Sayers Society. 1-     (1976?)

Sayers Review. 1-     (1976)


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