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Busman’s Honeymoon Collection

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: Wade-A-116

Scope and Contents

Busman’s Honeymoon is a Lord Peter Wimsey / Harriet Vane detective story which began as a stage play co-authored by Dorothy L. Sayers and her Somerville College friend, Muriel St. Clare Byrne. The production opened on the London stage in December 1936, and was first published as a play version in 1937. The story was subsequently expanded into a novel by Sayers and published in 1939.

The material in this archive was acquired at auction from Sotheby’s in London by the Wade Center in 2012. The original Sotheby’s lot included in this archive is: Lot 104, v.


  • Created: 1935-1946

Conditions Governing Access

Copies or publication of unpublished materials by Dorothy L. Sayers require permissions from the Sayers Literary Executor.


1.00 box : 10 folders

0.5 Linear Feet

Language of Materials



This archive contains fan correspondence and theater returns from the play version of "Busman's Honeymoon" written by Dorothy L. Sayers and Muriel St. Clare Byrne.

Source of Acquisition


Related Materials

Researchers interested in this archive may also wish to consult the following resources in the Wade Center holdings:

Dorothy L. Sayers Manuscript collection: MS-12-39, 339, 507-509

Dorothy L. Sayers Papers: See folders 64 and 319 for related newspaper clippings and additional fan mail.

Muriel St. Clare Bryne Collection

Wade Center Article File: Contains reviews, theatre programs, and articles relating to the play and novel.

Wade Center Book Collection: Contains copies of the published play and novel

Other materials in the Wade Center holdings may relate to the topics in this archive. See the archivist for further research assistance.

Separated Materials

Several manuscripts and first edition copies of the play and novel Busman’s Honeymoon were removed from this collection and placed in the Sayers Manuscript collection and the Wade Center’s book collection. See the “Related Materials” section.

Other Descriptive Information

There is a research copy of this collection. There is an acquisition file for this collection.

Processing Information

Processed by Laura Schmidt

Busman's Honeymoon Collection
Laura Schmidt
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Repository Details

Part of the Marion E. Wade Center Repository

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