Lord Peter Wimseys enduring presence and popularity are a tribute to his creator, Dorothy L. Sayers. In this book, McGregor and Lewis explore how Sayers used her fictional hero to comment on, and come to terms with, the social upheaval of the time: world wars, the crumbling of the privileged aristocracy, the rise of democracy, and the expanding struggle of women for equality. Scholars of the Modern Age, fans of the mystery genre, and admirers of Sayerss fiction are sure to appreciate this incisive examination of the literary, social, and historical context of the authors most popular work.
About the Author
Robert Kuhn McGregor teaches in the Department of History at the University of Illinois at Springfield. Ethan Lewis teaches in the Department of English at the University of Illinois at Springfield.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful: This Book Nominated for an Edgar Award, March 19, 2001 Reviewer: A reader from Illinois I agree that fans of the Wimsey novels will enjoy this book most, but I also think those interested in the period between the world wars, as well as those who like good biography will find much here. Mystery buffs who haven't read Sayers may find this book provides the motivation to do so. I particularly enjoyed the authors' discussion of how Sayers' Wimsey differs from Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes, and the reasons for these differences. It should also be noted that this book was just nominated by the Mystery Writers of America for a 2001 Edgar Award in the category of biography and literary criticism.