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Gaudy Night is a brilliant novel by Dorothy L. Sayers which sadly and perplexingly seems to be dismissed by a lot of modern scholars and critics. It combines so many different genres that it’s been classified in turn as a romance, a feminist text, a thriller, an Oxford novel, and a classic mystery from the Golden Age. Gaudy Night is also semi-autobiographical and I’ve found that this enhances the empathy of readers. DLS expertly weaves the complex relationship of her main protagonists, Harriet Vane and Peter Wimsey, around many academic debates, red herrings, allusions and political viewpoints, yet the core of the novel always remains focused -as it should- on the foibles and accomplishments of humanity.

Gaudy Night is a brilliant novel by Dorothy L. Sayers which sadly and perplexingly seems to be dismissed by a lot of modern scholars and critics. It combines so many different genres that it’s been classified in turn as a romance, a feminist text, a thriller, an Oxford novel, and a classic mystery from the Golden Age. Gaudy Night is also semi-autobiographical and I’ve found that this enhances the empathy of readers. DLS expertly weaves the complex relationship of her main protagonists, Harriet Vane and Peter Wimsey, around many academic debates, red herrings, allusions and political viewpoints, yet the core of the novel always remains focused -as it should- on the foibles and accomplishments of humanity.

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    The best.
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    Le sigh.
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    I’ve not yet read all of Sayers works, but my experience so far sets Gaudy Night as the deepest and richest of her...
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