11 Facts About Barbara Reynolds


Eva Mary Barbara Reynolds was an English scholar of Italian Studies, lexicographer and translator.


Barbara Reynolds wrote and edited several books concerning Dorothy Sayers and was president of the Dorothy L Sayers Society.


The daughter of Alfred Charles Reynolds, and the god-daughter of writer Dorothy L Sayers, Reynolds was educated at St Paul's Girls' School and University College London.


Barbara Reynolds was Warden of Willoughby Hall, University of Nottingham, from 1963 to 1969 and Reader in Italian Studies at Nottingham from 1966 to 1978.


Barbara Reynolds was chairman of the Dorothy L Sayers Society from 1986 to 1994 and President from 1995.


Barbara Reynolds won the Edmund G Gardner Memorial Prize for Italian Studies in 1964 and the Monselice International Literary Prize in 1976 for her translation of Orlando Furioso.


Barbara Reynolds completed and annotated Paradiso, the last volume of Dorothy L Sayers' three-volume translation of Dante's Divine Comedy, which was left unfinished at Dorothy Sayers' death.


Barbara Reynolds afterwards translated Dante's La Vita Nuova and Ariosto's Orlando Furioso for the Penguin Classics.


Barbara Reynolds wrote a study of Dante's life and work, Dante: The Poet, the Political Thinker, the Man.


In 1993 Reynolds published a biography of Sayers, who was her god-mother, called Dorothy L Sayers: Her Life and Soul.


Barbara Reynolds edited four volumes of Sayers's letters and an additional volume.