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Lady with a Sword

The Dramatic Life & Legacy of Dorothy L. Sayers

Let us take particular notice of the empty brain. Here Sloth is in a conspiracy with Envy to prevent people from thinking. Sloth persuades us that stupidity is not our sin, but our misfortune: while Envy at the same time persuades us that intelligence is despicable—a dusty, highbrow, and commercially useless thing.
—Dorothy L. Sayers, "The Other Six Deadly Sins," in Creed or Chaos? (1949)

On the surface, the crime novels of Dorothy L. Sayers, featuring amateur detective Lord Peter Wimsey, can appear merely diverting, a good choice when one is looking for . . .

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Carole Vanderhoof resides at the Bellvale Bruderhof, a Christian community in Chester, New York, with her husband of 40 years and two parakeets. She works for Plough Publishing and is the editor of The Gospel in Dorothy L. Sayers: Selections from Her Novels, Plays, Letters, and Essays (Plough Publishing House, 2018).


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