From December 1941 until October 1942, the BBC broadcast a series of radio dramas written by Dorothy L. Sayers. Against the backdrop of World War II, the plays presented twelve episodes in the life and ministry of Jesus, from the visit of the magi to his death and resurrection, collectively affirming the kingship of Christ.
Noted for their use of colloquial English as part of Sayers’s effort to bring the Gospels to life in a new way for listeners, the plays were both controversial and incredibly successful, bolstering the morale of the country during the war. They were subsequently published in 1943, and they stand among Sayers’s most beloved works to this day.
In this new critical and annotated edition, scholar Kathryn Wehr brings fresh insights to the plays, their background, Sayers’s creative process, and the ongoing significance of the life of Christ today. Listen again, or for the first time, to the story of the man who was born to be—and still is—king.
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C. S. Lewis admired The Man Born to be King so much that he reread it every year during Holy Week: ‘It stands up to this very particular kind of test extremely well.’ This fresh edition of Sayers’s cycle of plays will allow a new generation of readers to get into the same annual habit and thus be reminded of the dramatic verve, the intense human immediacy of the gospel story, otherwise so often dulled by the film of familiarity. Kathryn Wehr is to be congratulated on her fine scholarship and warmly thanked for performing such a welcome public service.
—Michael Ward, University of Oxford, coeditor of The Cambridge Companion to C. S. Lewis
It is great to see a new edition of The Man Born to be King with notes. Both scholars and general readers will learn a lot from the critical apparatus as well as from enjoying these remarkable plays, whose message about the kingdom of God and the kingdoms of this world is certainly still relevant today.
—Suzanne Bray, professor of British literature and civilization at Lille Catholic University
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