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Dorothy L. Sayers is best-known as a pre-second-world-war detective novelist, particularly as the creator of Lord Peter Wimsey and Harriet Vane. But the financial success she enjoyed from these novels permitted her to turn to other genres and topics later in her career, including plays and radio dramas on religious themes, other Christian writings, and an important translation of Dante. Bibliographic Citation link. She also wrote poetry and reviews.
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13 June 1893 DLS was born at 1 Brewer Street in Oxford; she was an only child. Bibliographic Citation link.
18 September 1930 DLS introduced Harriet Vane in Strong Poison, her fifth Lord Peter Wimsey detective novel. Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
10 November 1949 DLS published the first of her three-part translation of Dante's Divine Comedy into English verse: Cantica I: Hell. Bibliographic Citation link.
7 May 1955 DLS published the second instalment of her verse translation (with her introduction) of Dante's Divine Comedy: Cantica II: Purgatory. Bibliographic Citation link.
17 December 1957 DLS died in her home at Witham in Essex, from an apparent stroke. Bibliographic Citation link.
14 April 1962 The third section of DLS's translation of Dante's Divine ComedyCantica III: Paradise—was published posthumously; Barbara Reynolds completed those parts that Sayers had not finished when she died. Bibliographic Citation link.
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