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Abandoned by user 3 years ago
Nice! I was actually thinking about buying this:

Omnibus collection of Agatha's plays and reading some of them this year. One of my challenges includes reading a classic play. I generally fail miserably at reading plays, so I thought that this might be a good way to go!
This is a good collection (I own it) -- contains Christie's best-known plays and the stage adaptations of some of her novels. I wish they'd publish a *real* omnibus collection one day, though, also containing her lesser-known plays ("Black Coffee", "The Unexpected Guest", "Akhenathen", etc.)
BrokenTune 3 years ago
Are Black Coffee, The Unexpected Guest, etc. not in this collection?

If not then it is probably because someone wants to push Osborne's horrible novelisations (I really hate his approach to "writing" Christie books and hate that the estate blessed, even commissioned, these crime against literature.

Other than the above rant, ... (Sorry.)

@MR, the collection looks great and I actually need/want (where's the difference with Christie?) to read some of the original plays, too.
@BT: Our Sayers reading plans for this year seem to -- well not coincide, but intersect. I'm planning to reread some of her Montague Egg short stories, as well as some of her other "non-Wimsey" material (essays and plays, possibly also one of the Detection Club anthologies that she edited or to which she contributed). -- Btw, I really like that photo of hers.

And that's definitely good news about Tey.
BrokenTune 3 years ago
I'm intrigued by the Egg stories but still have some of the Wimsey stories. i.e. literally all of the short stories...which makes me very happy. :D

Also, her non-mystery work intrigues me. From the excerpts I have read in the biographies so far, she did put the cat among the pigeons with some of her plays and lectures, too, and that sounds pretty awesome.

I have also found out that Tolkien read the Wimsey novels but ended up writing to his son that he despised the novels (especially Gaudy Night, the Vane woman, and Busman's Honeymoon) and their "creatrix" I would like to know if there was a why he still read all of them and was there a particular reason for the dislike?

Like with anything else, Sayers definitely is a fun writer and person to explore and sound off against her contemporaries.
Yet Tolkien was quite happy to have Sayers as the only woman associated with the "Inklings" and seems to have conversed with her lively and enthusiastically during the Inklings' meetings! (And the other members of the Inklings seem to have held her in high respect, too -- well, they obviously had to; otherwise she'd never have been admitted to their circle to begin with.) Hmm. This reminds me that a book on the Inklings should probably also go on my mental reading list for this year.

But, yes, obviously she hit an uncomfortable chord with quite a number of the things she wrote. I really wish they'd publish a new edition of her "Unpopular Opinions" (nomen est omen!). I have an ex-library -- Royal Naval College Library, no less -- first edition of those, and also an ex-library first edition of her "Four Sacred Plays", and while I obviously wouldn't want to exchange either of these two books for anything newer and shinier, I still think it's a pity that her writing above and beyond the Wimsey books and the Montague Egg short stories gets so little copy these days. Well, maybe now that the Golden Age is all the rage again suddenly, that, too, wil change ... I'd certainly hope so!

(Needless to say, happy to buddy-read any and all of the above if you'd like to.)
BrokenTune 3 years ago
So, they did meet? Tolkien and Sayers, I mean. I ask because Michael DC Drout ( in "JRR Tolkien Encyclopedia: Scholarship and Critical Assessment") has an entry on Sayers which states they never met, and that Sayers relationship to the Inklings was by way of Lewis and Williams. I haven't read up on the Inkling connection enough to find other sources ... and, frankly, am not all that interested in the Inklings ... or Tolkien for that matter. Tho, Lewis is another thing altogether.

I'd love to do a buddy read of some of her non-Wimsey stuff, but right now am probably not going get around to either of the titles you mentioned.
Congratulations on the 1eds of Unpopular Opinions and Four Sacred Plays. Both sound excellent!

I've added Unpopular Opinions and Four Sacred Plays to the "watchlist" but will first tackle the Sayers pile I've collected so far ... followed by the books available at my library. If all else fails, I'm sure to be back in Edinburgh at some point.
I confess you've got me there -- seems I really do need to read up about the Inklings. Still, I can't imagine she'd have stood a chance to be allowed even near them if Tolkien had objected; both he and C.S. Lewis well knew how to throw their weight around if they seriously cared about something.

Just let me know when you're ready to read any of her non-Wimsey stuff -- I really don't have any set plans as to when I'm going to get to them.
BrokenTune 3 years ago
Ok, ... I had a bit of a look into the non-Wimsey work:

So, the Egg stories seem to be collected in Striding Folly and Busman's Holiday, from what I can gather. I have those. So, there is definite BR potential here.

I also ended up with a copy of Unpopular Opinions, which should arrive in the next few days. :)
Excellent on all fronts!