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

Works: 402 works in 1,875 publications in 6 languages and 28,033 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  History  Domestic fiction  Biographies  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Psychological fiction  Interviews  Novels  Literature  Didactic fiction 
Roles: Author, Creator, Bibliographic antecedent, Correspondent
Classifications: PR6005.O3895, 823.912
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Bullivant and the Lambs by I Compton-Burnett( Book )

82 editions published between 1946 and 2001 in 3 languages and held by 1,440 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 )

33 editions published between 1900 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,090 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 )

64 editions published between 1950 and 2012 in English and Spanish and held by 1,071 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Unmarried 69-year old Sir Edwin Challoner lives in the unchanging family country house with his brother, Hamish, to whom he is very close, and his brother{u2019}s family: wife Julia and two sons, Simon and Walter who are also very close. Simon makes no secret of his longing for the demise of the older male members of the family so he can inherit. His father, Hamish, does die but Sir Edwin confounds everyone by marrying a family friend, Rhoda, who is 39 years younger. Simon and Rhoda have a one night fling, Rhoda becomes pregnant and Sir Edwin accepts the child as his own whilst swearing Rhoda, Simon and Walter, in whom Simon has confided, to secrecy. Disinheriting Simon, Sir Edwin calls the baby Hamish after his brother and wills the estate to him. Simon marries Rhoda{u2019}s younger sister, Fanny, moves into her home and they have five children. Twenty years later Simon{u2019}s daughter, Naomi, and Hamish fall in love. Simon has to confess that they are half brother and sister to stop them marrying. Hamish goes away, only to return when Sir Edwin is on his death bed and with the news that he is to be married to an older woman of means, Marcia
A god and his gifts : a novel by I Compton-Burnett( Book )

58 editions published between 1936 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 1,032 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
Two worlds and their ways by I Compton-Burnett( Book )

48 editions published between 1900 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 998 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sefton and his sister Clemence are dispatched to separate boarding schools. Their father's second marriage, their mother's economies, provide perfect opportunities for mockery, and home becomes a source of shame. More wretched is their mother's insistence that they excel. Their desperate means to please her incite adult opprobrium, but how did the children learn to deceive? Here staccato dialogue, brittle aphorisms and an excoriating wit are used to unparalleled and subversive effect ruthlessly to expose the wounds beneath the surface of family life
The present and the past by I Compton-Burnett( Book )

71 editions published between 1900 and 2019 in 3 languages and held by 970 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

27 editions published between 1971 and 2012 in English and held by 963 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 father and his fate by I Compton-Burnett( Book )

50 editions published between 1957 and 1986 in English and French and held by 962 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

First published in 1957, this novel consists almosts entirely of dialogue. The central figure, Miles Mowbray, is one of Compton-Burnett's most successful characters
Mother and son by I Compton-Burnett( Book )

57 editions published between 1954 and 2013 in English and Italian and held by 929 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 2021 in English and Polish and held by 910 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
Brothers and sisters : a novel by I Compton-Burnett( Book )

58 editions published between 1929 and 1984 in 3 languages and held by 842 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In common with most Ivy Compton-Burnett novels, this 1929 book revolves around the secrets, evasions and general awfulness of Edwardian family life
Darkness and day by I Compton-Burnett( Book )

43 editions published between 1951 and 1984 in English and Undetermined and held by 815 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When Sir Ransom Chace is reunited with his god-daughter Bridget, and her husband Edmund Gaunt, long dead secrets start to creep out of the wood-work
Parents and children by I Compton-Burnett( Book )

86 editions published between 1941 and 2012 in English and Spanish and held by 782 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Eleanor and Fulbert Sullivan live, with their nine children ranging from nursery to university age, in a huge country house belonging to Fulbert's parents, Sir Jesse and Lady Regan. Sir Jesse sends Fulbert, his only son, on a business mission to South America. News comes of Fulbert's death, and his executor, Ridley Cranmer, plans an impulsive marriage to Eleanor. But is Fulbert really dead? And what is the mystery surrounding the parentage of the three strange Marlowes living in genteel penury on the fringe of the great estate?
Men and wives by I Compton-Burnett( Book )

71 editions published between 1931 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 739 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."--Google books
Elders and betters by I Compton-Burnett( Book )

62 editions published between 1944 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 724 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Donne family's move to the country is inspired by a wish to be close to their cousins, who are to be their nearest neighbours. It proves too close for comfort, however. For a secret switching of wills causes the most genteel pursuit of self-interest to threaten good relations and even good manners. Ivy Compton-Burnett employs her sharp ear for comedy and celebrated powers of dialogue to spectacular effect. She reveals a devastating microcosm of human society, in which the elders are by no means always the betters, in which no character is totally scrupulous, but none without their appeal
A family and a fortune by I Compton-Burnett( Book )

75 editions published between 1939 and 2012 in English and French and held by 687 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
Pastors and masters by I Compton-Burnett( Book )

54 editions published between 1925 and 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 660 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Largely a character study, dealing with themes of tyranny, female subservience and unconventional sexuality within the setting of a boys' preparatory school
Daughters and sons by I Compton-Burnett( Book )

69 editions published between 1937 and 1984 in 3 languages and held by 643 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Daughters and Sons is a 1937 novel by the English novelist Ivy Compton-Burnett. Written in the author's characteristic dialogue-heavy style, the novel explores the power struggles within a large family household, presided over by its tyrannical matriarch, Sabine Ponsonby, and her imperious daughter Hetta
More women than men by I Compton-Burnett( Book )

51 editions published between 1933 and 2021 in English and Undetermined and held by 619 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dolores by I Compton-Burnett( Book )

27 editions published between 1911 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 319 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
A heritage and its historyThe present and the pastA house and its headParents and childrenMen and wivesA family and a fortuneIvy Compton-Burnett
Alternative Names
Burnett, I. Compton-

Burnett, I. Compton 1884-1969

Burnett, I. Compton- (Ivy Compton-)

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

Burnett Ivy Compton-

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Burnett, Ivy Compton 1884-1969 Dame

Burnett, Ivy Compton, Dame, 1884-1969


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Compton-Burnett, I. (Ivy)

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Compton-Burnett, Ivy 1884-1969

Compton-Burnett, Ivy 1892-1969 Dame

Compton-Burnett, Ivy Dame

Compton-Burnett, Ivy, Dame, 1892-1969

I. (Ivy) Compton-Burnett

Ivy Compton-Burnett Brits auteur

Ivy Compton-Burnett englische Schriftstellerin

Ivy Compton-Burnett English writer

Ivy Compton-Burnett romancière britannique

Ivy Compton-Burnett scrittrice britannica

ഐവി കോംപ്റ്റൺ-ബർണെറ്റ് ഇംഗ്ലീഷ് നോവലിസ്റ്റ് (1884-1969)

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English (1,219)

French (17)

Italian (10)

Spanish (7)

Polish (2)

German (1)