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Dorothy Leigh Sayers
1893-1957. English writer. Born in Oxford, she graduated at the university there and then embarked on a teaching career. In 1923 she published her first of a long series of detective novels which were to make her probably the most popular mystery writer in England. During World War II she lived in Essex and was a member of the group that included C.S. Lewis, , J.R.R. Tolkien, and Owen Barfield. By nature and by preference she was a scholar and an expert on the . Her translation of the Divine Comedy is one of the finest, with unexcelled notes illuminating the Christian meanings of the poem. The Man Born to Be King (1941) is a series of radio plays on the life of Christ which displays her fine insights and her substantial endowments as a dramatist. In The Mind of the Maker she is at her best as a lay apologist for Christian doctrine, especially the doctrine of the Trinity.