Dorothy L. Sayers: Whose Body?

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Whose Body? is Dorothy Leigh Sayers’s first novel as well as the first of eleven that would feature the amateur detective Lord Peter Wimsey. Sayers had finished the manuscript in November 1921. After rejections from other houses, it was published in 1923 by Boni and Liveright of New York and by T. Fisher Unwin of London. It was also serialized by People’s Magazine. The novel met with favourable reviews and “encouraging enough” sales (Hitchman 62), and was republished first in 1925, marking Sayers’s rise to fame as a detective fiction writer.

While Sayers had begun her writing career by publishing rather conventional poetry in the volumes Op.1 (1916) and Catholic Tales and Christian Songs (…
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Martin, Ann. "Whose Body?". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 06 September 2012
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