Questions tagged [dorothy-l-sayers]

For questions about English writer Dorothy L. Sayers (1893–1957) and her works, which include a series of detective stories featuring the aristocratic sleuth Lord Peter Wimsey, and a translation of Dante's "Divine Comedy".

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What is meant by "I'm going to push my stuff in" in Dorothy Sayers's "Strong Poison"?

At the beginning of Chapter III of Dorothy Sayers' Strong Poison, Waffles Newton says "Look here, old man, I'm going to push my stuff in. Will you let me know what happens?" What is meant ...
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Who was indignant at Dante’s behaviour to the sinners in the “Inferno”?

In several places in the Inferno, the narrator, representing the poet Dante, behaves badly to the sinners suffering in hell. In Canto VIII, Dante is being ferried across the marshy Styx, in which the ...
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What is the libellous meaning of ‘daffy-down-dilly’?

In Dorothy L. Sayers’ novel Unnatural Death, the barrister Mr Towkington advises Lord Peter Wimsey to be careful to avoid libel: ‘You are too easily surprised,’ said Mr Towkington. ‘Many words have ...
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meaning of 'dash about'

"That is a very dreadful story," said the Padre. "Very," said I, "and there are some rather odd points about it. Did commercial travellers dash about in motorcars when Popper ...
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Explain the bidding in ‘The Unprincipled Affair of the Practical Joker’

The short story ‘The Unprincipled Affair of the Practical Joker’ by Dorothy L. Sayers was collected in Lord Peter Views the Body (Gollancz, 1928). In this extract the characters are playing a game of ...
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Which thriller featured "a machine-gun attack in Park Lane"?

In ‘Aristotle on Detective Fiction’, a lecture delivered on 5 March 1935, Dorothy L. Sayers described a book of which the ancient philosopher would not have approved: Yet he [Aristotle] was no ...
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