“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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Return to Book Page. Not the kind of sad that makes me want to rant or gripe about it, but just quietly sad.

Like Doroothy, Harriet is a Oxford graduate and a writer of detective fiction who has led a somewhat scandalous personal life although Sayers managed to avoid public scandal. In fact, I almost inght I had read more of the Harriet and Peter stories before I read this one – I know there are other novels where they interact, and I think I should read those, then read Gaudy Night again just to fully appreciate how far these two incredible characters have gone in order to reach this point.

Really, I messed things up by reading this book first out of the Lord Peter Wimsey novels. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

Sayers’s beloved series of Lord Peter Wimsey mysteries. Harriet Vane and Saint-George, the undergraduate nephew of Lord Peter, help give variety, and the college setting justifies good intellectual debate. For Oxford alone, which I love, I could love this book.

Not coincidentally, Edward Petherbridge slightly overshadows Ian Carmichael in my affections, and I don’t think I’ll ever be able to read Gaudy Night without sympathising wholly with Harriet’s realisation of her own feelings. Although this is the strongest, I would recommend reading at least the two earlier novels featuring Vane first, Strong Poison and Have His Carcase.

If that’s all you knew about the book, you’d probably be wondering how that could possibly take pages. Harriet responds that she will return to the College and see if she can do anything to help. He can be ridiculous, but he’s so good; sometimes, in the other books, I think I resented Harriet a little for her treatment of him. She also uses both Harriet a fictional writer of detective stories and Lord Peter a fictional detective to playfully gaudyy up the crime fiction genre.


If you want to try Sayers on for size, you might try an earlier one like Murder Must Advertise or The Nine Tailors, both of which are excellent. Gaudy Night First edition. But across a timespan of 15 years, the heroine is allowed little more than the occasional chaste peck on the cheek; for the decade or so after the end of the war the only release outlet for her emotional energy was through occasional visits to her irreversibly shell-shocked sweetheart mercifully killed off in the fourth or fifth book.

I almost thing I’d need to read it again to really get it, or rather for it to really sink under my skin.

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Anyone who has ever been a wo Are you in love with dashing, fastidious, brilliant, Bach-performing, manuscript-collecting, sonnet-writing, puzzle-solving, Dickens-quoting, cricket-playing, fabulously wealthy, well-traveled, aristocratic detectives? I love it when these books include both Lord Peter and Harriet Vane.

The Oxford setting and the insider’s depiction of an invented Oxford women’s college in the s are an additional attraction. It just has such depth and so much going on in it, all those delightful little scenes, and the not-so-delightful ones dorotht unpleasant incidents asyers occurring.

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Moira August 8, 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. Possibly because in this age, there was still some realistic humility and openness to other ideas but the self-fostered within the sayees Most of the female scholars are representative of types — the woman who has married and let her mind decay while she devotes herself to children. Gaudy Night is a mystery novel by Dorothy L.

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The rare successful marriage where intellectual pursuit and family devotion have been melded in odrothy complementary match. Puzzles of complex sentences enough to choke a T. The man who saves her is Lord Peter Wimsey, who has been trying to get her to marry him for the past five years.


However, his quarterly formal requests sayrrs marriage, the pompous dinner conversations and his romantic interest in Harriet: But overall, I answer with Harriet: Harriet’s resistance to Peter, rather than just feeling like frustrating UST, now made total sense, which made her gradual realization that Peter would always consider her an intellectual equal all the more satisfying.

Some time later the Dean of Shrewsbury writes to ask for help. Although Harriet Vane surely reflects her creator to some degree something Sayers vigorously deniedit would be reductive to regard the character as nothing more than an author avatar. Of course, view spoiler [I spent a long time waiting for Peter to show up! sqyers

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It baudy to be resolved with Peter solving the problem and establishing order, illustrating that, yes, educated women have failed in some ways, but been triumphant in their dreams, standards, and ideals on the whole. Harriet Vane is wonderful! She becomes a famous mystery writer after being acquitted for a murder dirothy did not commit. So when the big whodunnit reveal comes… who really cares? Fans sometimes accuse Harriet of being less interesting than Lord Peter, but then introverted intuitive thinking types are often dismissed so unceremoniously.

I just prefer a little more equality in my romances, and hope for female scholar-mystery writers to occasionally be the one who makes the deductions.

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Around the Year i But, would we have expected the same of scholars and masters at Balliol? Gaudy Night, by Dorothy L. Gaudy Night, by Dorothy Sayers. Later, when the poison pen returns and starts to play other pranks, the Dean and the Warden invite Harriet to return to Shrewsbury to investigate the incidents; eventually, Harriet calls in Lord Peter as well.

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