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Episode 196: “The Mind of the Maker” by Dorothy L. Sayers, Intro and Ch. 1-2

This week on The Literary Life Podcast, Angelina Stanford, Cindy Rollins, and Thomas Banks are kick off a new series on The Mind of the Maker by Dorothy L. Sayers. Before discussion the book itself, Angelina gives a little biographical information on Sayers for those who are new to her and her work. They begin talking about the book with the preface and Sayers own purpose in writing it. Cindy shares a little about her first reading of The Mind of the Maker when she was a young newlywed and the impact it made on her. Thomas points out the “laws” Sayers outlines and reads some important quotes from this section.

If you are listening to this episode on the day it drops, it’s not too late to get in on today’s live webinar Can Dante’s Inferno Save the World? with Dr. Jason Baxter. You can also purchase the recording any time if you missed the live class. Also coming up from House of Humane Letters on November 16, 2023, Jennifer Rogers’ webinar on Tolkien and The Old English Tradition. You can sign up now and save your spot!

Episode 9: “Are Women Human” by Dorothy L. Sayers

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Episode 62: The Literary Friendship of Dorothy and Jack

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Commonplace Quotes:

Think not, Mistress, more true dullness lies

In Folly’s cap, than Wisdom’s grave disguise.

Alexander Pope, from “The Dunciad”

We do not own stories, and when we try to limit them, squeeze the life out of them, lose the love that gave them to us, and fall back into that fatal human flaw–pride, hubris–we are right back to Adam and Eve, who listened to the power of the snake instead of the creativity of God.

Madeleine L’Engle, from Bright Evening Star

This is the first “little book on religion” I have read for a long time in which every sentence is intelligible and every page advances the argument.

C. S. Lewis, in a review of Mind of the Maker

Reason Has Moons

by Ralph Hodgson

Reason has moons, but moons not hers, 
Lie mirror'd on the sea, 
Confounding her astronomers, 
But O! delighting me. 

Books Mentioned:

Walking on Water by Madeleine L’Engle

Murder Must Advertise by Dorothy L. Sayers

“Learning in Wartime” by C. S. Lewis

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