Mineapolis: Broadleaf Books, 2020. First Edition, First Printing. Hardcover. A Fine, Tight, and Unread copy of the first edition, first printing in the Publisher's black cloth with the spine lettered in silver with the Publisher's emblem in silver as well, with a dark line running across the spine and boards (apparently a production flaw) SIGNED BY CRYSTAL DOWNING on the title page in blue ink, a book which Alister McGrath stated: "This is the best book on Dorothy L. Sayers I have read in the last decade." The author (Downing) was, at Publication, the co-director of the Wade Center at Wheaton College as well as a major Sayers scholar. Signed copies in any condtion are QUITE SCARCE TO THE MARKET. A FINE, otherwise SUPERIOR COPY SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR.
NOTE: Sayers was an English crime writer and poet, as well as a student of classical works and student of modern languages and ancient literature. She came to know C. S. Lewis after he responded to a fan letter she sent to him in admiration of his Christian apologetic novel "The Screwtape Letters". Lewis later recounted that Sayers was "...the first person of importance who ever wrote me a fan letter." She then became a friend of Lewis as well as of several of the other Inklings, on some occasions joining Lewis at meetings of the Socratic Club. After Lewis and Sayers met, he told her that he read her "The Man Born to Be King" every Easter Season. [The book became a radio drama based on the life of Jesus, produced and broadcast by the BBC during the Second World War (as were addresses by Lewis which became his noted work "Mere Christianity". ["The Man born to be King" was itself a Play Cycle consisting of twelve plays depicting specific periods in Jesus' life, from the events surrounding his birth to his death and resurrection. It was first broadcast by the BBC Home Service on Sunday evenings, beginning on 21 December 1941, with new episodes broadcast at 4-week intervals, ending on 18 October 1942. The BBC Series was produced for the BBC by Val Gielgud, with Robert Speaight as Jesus.]
Sayers and Lewis were fans of each other's writing. She understood and shared his role as an apologist and the pair had ongoing correspondence in which they discussed their writing and academic interests, providing one another with criticisms, suggestions, and encouragement. Sayers had much in common with Lewis and Tolkien's circle, including a love of orthodox Christianity, traditional verse, popular fiction, and debate. Fine / Fine. Item #3777