A Literary and Theological Conversation with Dorothy Sayers

Kent L. Johnson

Article Type: Article

Publication Date: 4/1/1993

Issue: Literature (Vol. 13, No 2, Spring, 1993)

Some novelists seem to give the impression that what they are writing is, in fact, the reality that is. Readers do not, however, have to accept the writer’s work as dogma. Precisely because it is fiction, readers can exercise their own creativity as they enter into a conversation with the novelist and other readers, not required to find one interpretation of what they read, but free to explore their own understanding of it. If novelists tell their stories well, there is a good deal of pleasure to be enjoyed along the way. The mystery The Nine Tailors, by Dorothy Sayers, is the novel I have chosen to illustrate the conversations I have with novelists.

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