Friday, 13 June 2014

13 June in Literature

This day in 1893 author Dorothly L. Sayers is born in Oxford, England.

Her most famous creation is the detective Lord Peter Wimsey. He appeared for the first time in the 1923 book Whose Body?. She continued with some dozen novels about him. In the end of her carrier she returned to her academic roots. She died in 1957.

Some quotes:

“Wherever you find a great man, you will find a great mother or a great wife standing behind him -- or so they used to say. It would be interesting to know how many great women have had great fathers and husbands behind them.” 
― Dorothy L. Sayers, Gaudy Night

“Do you find it easy to get drunk on words?"

"So easy that, to tell you the truth, I am seldom perfectly sober.” 
― Dorothy L. Sayers, Gaudy Night

“Books... are like lobster shells, we surround ourselves with 'em, then we grow out of 'em and leave 'em behind, as evidence of our earlier stages of development.” 

“The great advantage about telling the truth is that nobody ever believes it.” 

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