New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, . Octavo, original black cloth, original dust jacket. Small owner label to corner of blank flyleaf, blank pocket on rear flyleaf, small bookseller's label to rear pastedown, slight toning and creasing to spine of bright, clean, unclipped dust jacket. Very good indeed. Item #584
"IT IS THE ARTIST WHO, MORE THAN OTHER MEN, IS ABLE TO CREATE SOMETHING OUT OF NOTHING" Early American printing of this theology of artistic creativity, illuminating the divine essence shared by Creator and Created, Artist and Art. The Mind of the Maker is widely regarded as Dorothy Sayers's most important book. First published in the summer of 1941, amidst the chaos and devastation of the Second World War, Sayers intended the book as an affirmation of fundamental truths, hoping to guide the rebuilding of society in the post-war future. The "central theme and thesis was summed up succinctly by Sayers's friend and biographer Barbara Reynolds as 'her Trinitarian view of the procedure, the process, the experience of creativity in the artist's mind.'" (Joseph Pearce, Literary Converts). Sayers describes this creative experience in the mind of the artist, "as an indivisible trinity: the Idea, the Energy and the Power" (Joseph Pearce), one that is untethered from the world: "The work of art has real existence apart from its translation into material form." With a dedicatory page in Latin and a short Preface. The book consists of eleven sections, each preceded with an epigraph: I. The "Laws" of Nature and Opinion, II. The Image of God, III. Idea, Energy, Power, IV. The Energy Revealed in Creation, V. Free Will and Miracle, VI. The Energy Incarnate in Self-Expression, VII. Maker of all Things-Maker of Ill Things, VIII. Pentecost, IX. The Love of the Creature, X. Scalene Trinities, XI. Problem Picture, Postscript: The Worth of the Work. The British and American editions were both originally published in 1941; this early printing is labeled "D.9.56" on the copyright page.