The Just Vengeance Archive
Scope and Contents
The Just Vengeance archive contains materials relating to the religious play of the same title by Dorothy L. Sayers. Printed copies of the play are found in folders 1, 3, and 4, and in the books listed at the end of the contents listing. The books, while remaining part of the archive, are now stored in the Wade Center book holdings, and may be retrieved by the archival staff upon request.
- Created: 1946-1948
- Other: Majority of material found in 1946-1947
Conditions Governing Access
Copies or publication of unpublished materials by Dorothy L. Sayers require permissions from the Sayers Literary Executor.
Biographical or Historical Information
The Just Vengeance is a religious drama that Dorothy L. Sayers wrote at the invitation of Lichfield Cathedral for a festival celebrating the cathedral’s 750th anniversary in June 1946. The play was performed several times during the festival, and later aired over BBC radio as well. It was published in book form by Victor Gollancz soon after its first performance in 1946. The subject matter of the drama centers around the moment of death for an airman shot down during World War II, and his resultant understanding of God’s Atonement for mankind.
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 va-d. Lot 290 vd included the books in the listing at the end of this finding aid.
1.00 box : 4 folders, 2 books
0.3 Linear Feet
Language of Materials
The Just Vengeance archive contains materials relating to the religious play of the same title by Dorothy L. Sayers including: a script of the play, press cuttings of reviews, and materials relating to the Lichfield Cathedral festival, where the play was first performed in June 1946.
Source of Acquisition
Sayers, Dorothy L. THE JUST VENGEANCE. London: Victor Gollancz, 1946. 1st edition
Sayers, Dorothy L. FOUR SACRED PLAYS. London: Victor Gollancz, 1948.
Other Descriptive Information
There is an acquisitions file for this collection. There is a research copy of this collection.
Processed by Laura Schmidt
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