British author (1893–1957) best known for her series of mysteries featuring fictional detective Lord Peter Wimsey. TLS signed “Dorothy L. Sayers,” one page, 8 x 10, April 26, 1937. Letter to Stewart Dick, in part: “I am so glad you enjoy the Peter Wimsey books. I am not Scotch, though my husband is; and your approval of my dialect is very flattering. I have stayed a good deal in Galloway, and know the Red Herrings country very well. I expect you are right about my having made Ferguson put the Flake White in the wrong pocket. The palette used was that of Helen Johnston who, unhappily, died some years ago, and who was a very good friend to me when I was writing the book. The contents of the satchel were also hers. I found that no two painters seemed to use the same palette, and each disapproved of that of the others! I believe that at one time, Joseph Simpson claimed never to use more than three colours and white; but he may have been exaggerating.” Double-matted and framed with a photo of Sayers to an overall size of 19.5 x 17. In fine condition, with a stain to right edge, and a central vertical fold passing through a single letter of signature. Sayers is referring to her 1931 detective novel The 5 Red Herrings, which featured staple character Lord Peter Wimsey. In the book, the ingenious sleuth questioned John Ferguson and many others around Scotland’s southwestern region of Galloway concerning the murder of a talented local painter. An impressive piece of literary correspondence. Pre-certified PSA/DNA.
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