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Gaudy Night

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Gaudy Night, first editionFirst edition
By Dorothy L. Sayers
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First publication

Literary form

Mystery, crime

Writing language

Author's country

Approx. 136,000 words

Notable lines

Harriet Vane sat at her writing-table and stared out at Mecklenburg Square.

— Last line

"Do you find it easy to get drunk on words?"
"So easy that, to tell you the truth, I am seldom perfectly sober."


Wherever you find a great man, you will find a great mother or a great wife standing behind him—or so they used to say. It would be interesting to know how many great women have had great fathers and husbands behind them.


"A facility for quotation covers the absence of original thought."


He primly set his white bands and went upon his walk unheeded, and no hand plucked his velvet sleeve.

— Last line


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