The Dorothy L Sayers Society is proud to announce the publication of
The Lord Peter Wimsey Companion
A New Edition Completely Revised and Incorporating
Papers Relating to the Family of Wimsey,
An Account of Lord Mortimer Wimsey, The Hermit of the Wash
and The Wimsey Papers.
Compiled and Edited by Stephan P Clarke
Published by the Dorothy L Sayers Society, England.
ISBN 0-9518000-8-6, 776pp, 246 illustrations
Date of publication: 30th December 2002
RRP: £31.50 / US$46.95
In this revised and expanded edition, Stephan P Clarke gives admirers of
Dorothy L Sayers and Lord Peter Wimsey a brimming measure of new information
In the years since the First Edition was published in 1985, the number of
entries has increased from 7,509 to 9,819, with 11,853 cross-references in the
The Second Edition also includes 246 photos, illustrations, maps and diagrams,
as well as calendars covering the years of the Wimsey canon.
This work has been achieved by the dedication and perseverance of Steve Clarke,
helped by many willing volunteers, most particularly by Susan Curtis, who has
done all the work in preparing the final book for the printers.
Jill Paton Walsh, co-author with Dorothy L Sayers of Thrones,
and A Presumption of Death
"Lord Peter Wimsey and his circle move across the pages of the novels by
Dorothy L Sayers in a snowstorm of references to the times he lived in and to
the treasure house of learning he shared with his author. As common knowledge
of the world before WWII sinks out of memory, and as Lord Peter lives on and
has more and more numerous admirers, a guide is more necessary than ever.
With this hugely learned and amusing companion, Lord Peter's fans will be able
to track his quicksilver thoughts and richly complex context as nimbly as he
himself could track and crack crimes. An immense task is ably accomplished in
an indispensible volume that will delight and enlighten every reader of the
Wimsey corpus, from the newest convert to the most devoted addict."
About the editor
is a retired high school English teacher and a long-time
member of the Dorothy L Sayers Society. His other published works include
papers delivered before the New York State English Council, the New York State
Council for the Social Studies, and New York State Education Department
Writer's Conference, the National Council of Teachers of English, and the
Dorothy L Sayers Society. Also, Stephan has published journal articles in the
United States and Britain, and a textbook, Crimes and Clues
uses mystery and detective fiction as a means to teach logical thinking and
critical reading and writing. Stephan is the recipient of the Mystery Writers
of America's Edgar Allen Poe Special Award for the first edition of The
Lord Peter Wimsey Companion
, and was recognised by the University of
Rochester's Graduate School of Education and Human Development for Excellence
in Secondary Teaching. Other than Lord Peter Wimsey stories, Stephan's
interests include genealogy, photography and travel.
Obtaining a copy
has proved so popular and successful a work that
supplies have now run out. Although you may still find some copies in
bookshops and on the second-hand market, direct retail sales are now no longer