Gaudy Night,  Show Notes

Episode 5: Gaudy Night, Ch. 4-7

This week on The Literary Life, Angelina and Cindy discuss the next few chapters of Gaudy Night by Dorothy Sayers. In this episode, Angelina explores the question of why all the epigraphs opening each chapter are from Renaissance writers. Aside from recapping plot points, Cindy and Angelina also chat about the following topics: the unnatural nature of the crime and of the cloistered atmosphere; the gothic themes present in this novel; Harriet’s lack of self-awareness; further contemplations on love and marriage.

Upcoming Show Schedule:

Episode 6 (May 21): The Literary Life of …. Surprise Guest
Episode 7 (May 28): Gaudy Night ch 8-15
Episode 8 (June 4): Gaudy Night ch 16-23, complete
Episode 9 (June 11): Are Women Human? by Dorothy Sayers

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Lot’s Wife

by Anna Akhmatova (trans. by Richard Wilbur)

The just man followed then his angel guide
Where he strode on the black highway, hulking and bright;
But a wild grief in his wife’s bosom cried,
Look back, it is not too late for a last sight

Of the red towers of your native Sodom, the square
Where once you sang, the gardens you shall mourn,
And the tall house with empty windows where
You loved your husband and your babes were born.

She turned, and looking on the bitter view
Her eyes were welded shut by mortal pain;
Into transparent salt her body grew,
And her quick feet were rooted in the plain.

Who would waste tears upon her? Is she not
The least of our losses, this unhappy wife?
Yet in my heart she will not be forgot
Who, for a single glance, gave up her life.

Book List:

Surprised by Oxford by Carolyn Weber

Orthodoxy by G. K. Chesterton

The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare (1967 film adaptation)

Are Women Human? by Dorothy Sayers

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One Comment

  • Katie

    I found the explanation of the themes of Renaissance poetry really helpful, and it made more sense of the John Donne poetry I studied (and loved) at school. Thank you!

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