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The Pantheon Papers

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: Wade-A-66


This archive contains correspondence and drafts relating to The Pantheon Papers by Dorothy L. Sayers, a series of satirical sketches on invented saints and celebrations of secular society.


  • Created: 1953-1954


Conditions Governing Access

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

Biographical or Historical Information

The Pantheon Papers consist of satirical sketches on invented saints and celebrations of secular society. They appeared in issues of Punch magazine and well-received by many, but criticized by some who felt that Sayers was taking liberties with the solemnity of the church through her comical renditions.

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 included in this archive is: Lot 292, v.


1.00 box : 5 folders

0.3 Linear Feet

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Related Materials

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

Sayers, Dorothy L. Christian Letters to a Post-Christian World. Roderick Jellema, ed. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdman’s, 1969. (excerpts of the Pantheon Papers)

Sayers, Dorothy L. "Pantheon Papers: The Cosmic Synthesis." Punch 226 (2 November 1953): 17-19. AF-3782

Sayers, Dorothy L. "More Pantheon Papers." Punch 226 (January 6, 1954): 60. AF-3783

Sayers, Dorothy L. "More Pantheon Papers: The Cosmic Synthesis." Punch 226 n.5912 (January 13, 1954): 84. AF-3784

See also the Religious Illustrated Cards and Booklets Archive, folder 1.

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

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

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Part of the Marion E. Wade Center Repository

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