Dorothy L. Sayers was born in 1893. She was one of the first women to be awarded a degree by Oxford University, and later she became a copywriter at an ad agency. In 1923 she published her first novel featuring the aristocratic detective Lord Peter Wimsey, who became one of the world's most popular fictional heroes. She died in 1957.
"A royal performance."--The Spectator "Very skillfull writing. Miss Sayers has done a real tour de force, and done it with ease and grace."--Saturday Review "Gaudy Night stands out even among Miss Sayers's novels. And Miss Sayers has long stood in a class by herself."--Times Literary Supplement (London)