A notable novelist, translator and playwright, she is best known for her Lord Peter Wimsey series and other works of detective fiction. She considered her translation of Dante's The Divine Comedy to be her finest work.
She attended Somerville College, Oxford and included elements of her university experience in her 1935 novel, Gaudy Night. She published her first literary work-- a poetry collection--in 1916.
In addition to writings books, she penned memorable jingles for advertising agencies.
She was born in Oxford, England, and was the only child of a minister father. Her affair with author John Cournos resulted in an illegitimate son.
An author of several Christian-themed works herself, she was a close friend of Christian apologist writer C.S. Lewis.