Dorothy L. Sayers died suddenly on Tuesday, 17th December, 1957. In her 1993 biography of her, Barbara Reynolds writes:
“….She was especially annoyed when the B.B.C. gave her name as “Dorothy Sayers”, as they quite often announced another “Dorothy Sayers”, who was a variety artiste who sang and played the guitar. Dorothy L. Sayers sometimes received her letters, press-cuttings and invitations to perform in music-halls…
…John Betjeman wrote to ask her for the correct version of four lines of verse which were in circulation and attributed to her. They were:
As years come in and years go out
I totter toward the tomb,
Still caring less and less about
Who goes to bed with whom.
She added the following textual criticism: “The alliteration in the second line lends, I feel, a kind of rickety dignity to the whole, as of one tapping slowly along on two sticks; and the rhyme and enjambement at the end of the 3rd line seem to me to usher in the final pronouncement with a more breathless solemnity.” “