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Compton-Burnett, I. (Ivy) 1884-1969

Works: 343 works in 1,626 publications in 7 languages and 27,368 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  History  Domestic fiction  Biography  Biographies  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Psychological fiction  Interviews 
Roles: Author, Bibliographic antecedent, Correspondent
Classifications: PR6005.O3895, 823.912
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Bullivant and the Lambs by I Compton-Burnett( Book )

92 editions published between 1946 and 2008 in 3 languages and held by 1,462 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

At once the strangest and most marvelous of Ivy Compton-Burnett's fictions, Manservant and Maidservant has for its subject the domestic life of Horace Lamb, sadist, skinflint, and tyrant. But it is when Horace undergoes an altogether unforeseeable change of heart that the real difficulties begin. Is the repentant master a victim along with the former slave? And how can anyone endure the memory of the wrongs that have been done?
The mighty and their fall by I Compton-Burnett( Book )

30 editions published between 1961 and 2013 in English and held by 1,095 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Brilliant conversations in an English country house reflect the conflict between clever children, a new stepmother, and others in a fading family
A heritage and its history by I Compton-Burnett( Book )

68 editions published between 1958 and 2012 in English and Spanish and held by 1,088 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Story of a clouded inheritance within an aristocratic Victorian family - as revealed through shockingly candid and witty dialogues
The present and the past by I Compton-Burnett( Book )

66 editions published between 1900 and 2016 in English and Polish and held by 1,026 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Two worlds and their ways by I Compton-Burnett( Book )

42 editions published between 1947 and 2012 in English and held by 994 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The last and the first by I Compton-Burnett( Book )

23 editions published between 1971 and 2012 in English and held by 984 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the early years of the twentieth century, a family is ruled by a woman with a forceful nature that is softened by her compassion
A god and his gifts : a novel by I Compton-Burnett( Book )

29 editions published between 1936 and 1986 in 3 languages and held by 972 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An interesting novel about the inhabitants of a large Victorian household [in the Edwardian period, roughly 1901 to 1910]. It features a pair of over-bearing parents who are dominiating this mysterious home's occupants. The conversations revolve around the makings of successful marriages. It is significant that the white males of the story are always attempting to boss the women around, as if they had no choices to make in any matters at all... The chief character of the novel is Hereward Egerton [the "god" of the title], a self-absorbed sociopath who adheres to no rules but his own. --A Customer at and
A father and his fate by I Compton-Burnett( Book )

44 editions published between 1957 and 1986 in 3 languages and held by 955 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Introduced by Penelope Lively
Mother and son by I Compton-Burnett( Book )

61 editions published between 1954 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 951 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Brilliant, witty dialogue fills this mannered comedy of a middle-aged couple, their children, and their friends
A house and its head by I Compton-Burnett( Book )

72 editions published between 1935 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 881 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A House and Its Head is Ivy Compton-Burnett's subversive look at the politics of family life, and perhaps the most unsparing of her novels. No sooner has Duncan Edgeworth's wife died than he takes a new, much younger bride whose willful ways provoke a series of transgressions that begins with adultery and ends, much to everyone's relief, in murder."--Publisher's description
Darkness and day by I Compton-Burnett( Book )

38 editions published between 1951 and 1984 in English and held by 878 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Brothers and sisters, a novel by I Compton-Burnett( Book )

49 editions published between 1929 and 1984 in English and held by 870 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Parents and children by I Compton-Burnett( Book )

84 editions published between 1941 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 787 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Pastors and masters by I Compton-Burnett( Book )

43 editions published between 1925 and 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 783 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The sight of duty does make one shiver," said Miss Herrick. "The actual doing of it would kill one, I think." Ever anxious to keep up appearances, self-avowed intellectual and scholar Nicholas Herrick knows that to involve himself in the running of his own school would be a condescension too far. Assembling around himself a cast of fittingly fawning friends and aides, he sets about unveiling his final masterpiece. Described in contemporary reviews as "a work of genius," Pastors and Masters inaugurated the writing career of an author gifted with a rare skill for characterization and for wry portrayals of domestic scenes
Men and wives by I Compton-Burnett( Book )

63 editions published between 1931 and 2012 in English and French and held by 734 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

At the centre of this novel stands Harriet Haslam, the epitome of the maternal power figure, whose genuine but overpowering love dominates the novel and whose self-knowledge drives her into insanity. Even after her death Harriet continues to dominate. Surrounding this central figure are a host of marvelously realised characters - Sir Geoffrey Haslam, Harriet's husband, an innocent self-deluder; Dominic Spong, a hypocrite whose platitudes do not quite conceal his powerful self-interest; Agatha Calkin whose benevolent maternalism nearly hides the greediest of drives towards power; Lady Hardistry, the most outrageously witty of all sophisticates; Camilla Christy, a loose woman, dazzling, charming, and corrupt. Unlike Harriet Haslam, who will not spare herself the truth, the others are happier with their lies and can never achieve Harriet's grandeur
Elders and betters by I Compton-Burnett( Book )

55 editions published between 1944 and 2012 in English and French and held by 725 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Manuscript of Compton-Burnett's novel containing numerous authorial emendations
A family and a fortune by I Compton-Burnett( Book )

77 editions published between 1939 and 2012 in English and French and held by 704 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Compton-Burnett chose a unique style of writing--more like drama than fiction--to examine human behavior in general and in particular, human response to powerlessness
Daughters and sons by I Compton-Burnett( Book )

60 editions published between 1937 and 1984 in English and German and held by 658 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

More women than men by I Compton-Burnett( Book )

43 editions published between 1933 and 1984 in English and Undetermined and held by 600 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dolores by I Compton-Burnett( Book )

24 editions published between 1911 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 326 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The first edition of 'Dolores' was published in 1911. It sold well, and was promptly forgotten. Now that her career of 60 years is ended and her long achievement more and more acclaimed, 'Dolores', standing at that remote beginning, is curiously reborn
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Bullivant and the Lambs
The mighty and their fallThe present and the pastTwo worlds and their waysMother and sonA house and its headPastors and mastersTwentieth-Century literary criticism. Volume 180
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