The Mutual Admiration Society

How Dorothy L. Sayers and her Oxford Circle Remade the World for Women

by Mo Moulton

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  • 9781541644465
A group biography of renowned crime novelist Dorothy L. Sayers and the Oxford women who stood at the vanguard of equal rights

Dorothy L. Sayers is now famous for her Lord Peter Wimsey and Harriet Vane detective series, but she was equally well known during her life for an essay asking "Are Women Human?" Women's rights were expanding rapidly during Sayers's lifetime; she and her friends were some of the first women to receive degrees from Oxford. Yet, as historian Mo Moulton reveals, it was clear from the many professional and personal obstacles they faced that society was not ready to concede that women were indeed fully human.

Dubbing themselves the Mutual Admiration Society, Sayers and her classmates remained lifelong friends and collaborators as they fought for a truly democratic culture that acknowledged their equal humanity. A celebration of feminism and female friendship, The Mutual Admiration Society offers crucial insight into Dorothy L. Sayers and her world.


  • Basic Books; November 2019
  • ISBN: 9781541644465
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  • Title: The Mutual Admiration Society
  • Author: Mo Moulton
  • Imprint: Basic Books
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In The Press

"Moulton,with a keen eye for humorous detail and moments of humanity, deftly capturesnot only the lives of these women, but the enduring power of femalefriendship."—Booklist


About The Author

Mo Moulton is currently a lecturer in the history department of the University of Birmingham. They earned their PhD in history from Brown University in 2010 and taught in the History & Literature program at Harvard University for six years. Their previous book, Ireland and the Irish in Interwar England, was named a 2014 "Book of the Year" by History Today and was the runner-up for the Royal History Society's 2015 Whitfield Prize for first book in British or Irish history. Moulton regularly writes for outlets such as The Atlantic, Public Books, Disclaimer Magazine, and the Toast. They live in London, UK.

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ISBNs
  • 9781541644472
  • 9781541644465