He That Should Come Archive
Scope and Contents
Printed copies of the play are found in folders 1-3, and in the book listed at the end of the contents listing. This book, while remaining part of the archive, is now stored in the Wade Center book holdings, and may be retrieved by the archival staff upon request. Correspondence relating to the play is in folders 4-5.
- Created: 1938-1954
- Other: Majority of material found in 1938-1939
Conditions Governing Access
Copies or publication of unpublished materials by Dorothy L. Sayers require permissions from the Sayers Literary Executor.
Biographical or Historical Information
He That Should Come is a religious nativity play that Sayers wrote at the invitation of the BBC, and was first broadcast on Christmas Day, 1938. The setting of the play is in the inn at Bethlehem and revolves around the discussions leading up to the birth of the Messiah. The play was first published in 1939 by Victory Gollancz Ltd, London.
The material in this archive was acquired at auction from Sotheby's in London by the Wade Center in 2000. The original Sotheby's lot(s) included in this archive are: Lot 290 iia-iie. Lot 290 iic included the single book in the listing at the end of the finding aid. Folder 1a contains material found in Sotheby's Lot 290 ix.
1.00 box : 7 folders, 1 book
0.3 Linear Feet
Language of Materials
The He That Should Come archive contains materials relating to the religious play of the same title by Dorothy L. Sayers, including printed copies of the play and correspondence.
Source of Acquisition
(ask the archivist for retrieval):
Sayers, Dorothy L. He That Should Come. London: Victor Gollancz, 1939. (1st edition, contains inscription from DLS which reads: “I.A.S. from DLS” – presentation copy to her cousin, Ivy Shrimpton)
Other Descriptive Information
There is an acquisition file for this collection. Materials in this archive are also described in the following locations: DLS / MS-272, 273, and the Wade Center book holdings. There is a research copy of this collection.
Processed by Laura Schmidt
- He That Should Come Archive
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