Born in England on June 13, 1914, and god-daughter of Dorothy Sayers, Reynolds attended St. Paul's Girl's School and the University College, London. She specialized in the Italian language, teaching as first an assistant lecturer and then a lecturer. Utilizing her knowledge, Reynolds also worked as the chief executive and general editor of the Cambridge Italian Dictionary
for 33 years. During her time there she saw publication of both the first and second volumes. Shifting into another scholarly role, Reynolds worked at the literary review Seven
as managing editor for 24 years. Instructor, author, scholar, translator of Dante and Ariosto, and biographer of Sayers as well as the editor of her letters, Reynolds has long held a prestigious position in the literary world.
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