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The New Cosmology Correspondence

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: Wade-A-63

Scope and Contents

This archive contains a single folder of correspondence, mainly fan mail, relating to Dorothy L. Sayers’s BBC radio talk, “The New Cosmology.” The contents are arranged chronologically.

A letter from Val Gielgud dated December 13, 1957 was removed from this archive as it seemed to be inappropriately placed. A copy of the letter remains in folder 1.


  • Created: 1950-1951


Conditions Governing Access

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

Biographical or Historical Information

Sayers’s BBC radio talk “The New Cosmology” was given in response to statements made by astronomer Fred Hoyle, both on the BBC and in his book, The Nature of the Universe. The talk aired originally on September 26, 1950, and was later published under the title “The Theologian and the Scientist” in The Listener on November 9th of that same year.

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, iii.


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This archive contains a single folder of correspondence, mainly fan mail, relating to  Dorothy L. Sayers's BBC radio talk, "The New Cosmology."

Source of Acquisition


Related Materials

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

Hoyle, Fred. The Nature of the Universe. New York: Harper and Brothers, New York, 1950. (The Wade Center owns Sayers’s personal copy of this work)

Sayers, Dorothy L. The New Cosmology. London: BBC, September 26, 1950. (15 minute sound recording, DLS-V/SR-1. Sayers's response to recent talks by Fred Hoyle on "The Nature of the Universe," Home Service)

Sayers, Dorothy L. “The Theologian and the Scientist,” The Listener. 44 no. 1132. November 9, 1950. pp. 496-497, 500. AF-5260 (published text of broadcast)

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

Other Descriptive Information

There is an acquisition file for this collection. Stored with the Religious Book Club and Religious Drama Society archives (A-64, A-65). There is a research copy of this collection.

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Repository Details

Part of the Marion E. Wade Center Repository

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