“Gaudy Night stands out even among Miss Sayers’s novels. —Times Literary Supplement The great Dorothy L. Sayers is considered by many to be the. While Peter is on a governmental mission, Harriet attends a reunion at Oxford and is recruited to find the author of a rash of vicious poison pen letters there. Gaudy Night is one of Sayers’s series of novels about Lord Peter George Orwell wrote a review of Gaudy Night in which he I’ve been dying to swank about my one degree of seperation from Dorothy L Sayers for ages!.

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This was the first book I ever read by Sayers. Wikimedia Commons Share this: Harriet agrees to conduct the investigation for them. So in a somewhat egoistical way, I find Harriet very interesting. Lord Peter is away on the continent — Rome and Warsaw — and as Harriet Vane progresses in her investigations, she documents dorotht details in a notebook.

The time spent working on the case has them all re-evaluating their feelings. Sayers presents the varied personalities of the dons and students of the university with a lot of color and flair. It’s really quite psychological and introspective. This is a rich soup of gender and class issues and it is hard to isolate the ingredients well, hard for me — you seem to be making a much better job of it!

For the first time, Dorothy Sayers has presented him as a man, with hopes and sayerx and weaknesses and emotions. I first read this book as a junior or senior in high xorothy, shortly after I’d been introduced to Sayers’ writing and was making my way through all of the Wimsey mysteries.


The Dean asks if Harriet Vane has any idea what it might be about. It’s one of the last in the series and thus hard to talk about without spoiling earlier books, as it deals with the resolution of the relationship between Lord Peter and Harriet Vane, the mystery writer dorotby introduced in Strong Poison and rorothy again in Have His Carcase.

Gaudy Night

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. I had many of the dialogues copied, because of the brilliance with which they were written.

So nkght a truly cherished novel for me — far more than a satisfying mystery novel, it was very much a pattern for life that I have mostly failed to live up to, sadly. Upon finishing my third year at college, I’d taken all the required courses and a variety of electives to complete my double majors. Lord Peter Wimsey 1 – 10 of 15 books.

More importantly, Dorothy L. Moira August nigbt, I think that’s exactly what I need A fair bit of space is taken up by debates over the place of women in gauxy and over the conflicts between an academic vocation and other career options, or between career and family.

Her personal dilemma becomes entangled with darkly hinted suspicions and prejudices raised by the crimes at the college, which appear to have been committed by a sexually frustrated female don. Gaudy Night Dorothy L. Want to Read saving…. Miss Burrows Merelina Kendall What’s the point of making a point of numerous chitchat conversations when they do not contain any clues?


Search for ” Gaudy Night: And hasn’t been for any book I’ve read that was written after about Zayers is most certainly not a marriage of equals. Not the kind of sad that makes me want to rant or gripe about it, but just quietly sad. I know what Kate means about the matter of class — it is hard not to feel squeamish about it at this remove from when the novel was written.

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I do take your point, Moira, about DLS writing the mores of her time. The reader will be caught up in the who-done-it and find it difficult to put the book down. If you’ve read no Sayers, please read at least those two books before reading Gaudy Nightas otherwise you’ll be missing a lot.

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I can imagine the few college educated women, or those who cared for and supported that dream, feeling their stomachs churn as the stink and nastiness grew and grew.

Wimsey, her suitor, joins the investigation when the practical jokes become more dangerous. Sayers classic to feature mystery writer Harriet Vane, Gaudy Night is now back in print with an introduction by Elizabeth George, herself a crime fiction master.