A House and Its Head

A House and Its Head

by Ivy Compton-Burnett
     
 

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"Abuse, adultery, incest, extortion, and murder: these are among the secrets guarded - or shared - by the respectable families at the center of Ivy Compton-Burnett's darkly comic and deeply subversive novels. Writing almost entirely in dialogue, Compton-Burnett stages a series of conversational duels in which the destructive interaction of power, desire, and… See more details below

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"Abuse, adultery, incest, extortion, and murder: these are among the secrets guarded - or shared - by the respectable families at the center of Ivy Compton-Burnett's darkly comic and deeply subversive novels. Writing almost entirely in dialogue, Compton-Burnett stages a series of conversational duels in which the destructive interaction of power, desire, and domesticity is dramatized as nowhere else." "Among the most unsparing of Compton-Burnett's books, A House and Its Head dissects the domestic establishment of Duncan Edgeworth. Duncan is a tyrannical pater familias who can't stop remarrying, while his daughters can't get married at all. And Grant, Duncan's nephew, can't stop fooling around. Soon enough the family's conflicting interests set off a series of increasingly appalling transgressions, made all the more scary by the ease with which, in the end, the survivors accept the results."--BOOK JACKET.

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From the Publisher
Ivy Compton-Burnett is one of the most original, artful, and elegant writers of our century.
— Hilary Mantel

A radical thinker, one of the rare modern heretics.
— Mary McCarthy

No writer did more to illuminate the springs of human cruelty, suffering, and bravery.
— Angus Wilson

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780140013177
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date:
08/25/1983
Series:
Modern Classics Series
Pages:
1
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 5.00(h) x 1.00(d)

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