A House and Its Head

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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
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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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140013177
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/25/1983
  • Series: Modern Classics Series
  • Pages: 1
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 5.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Ivy Compton-Burnett (1892-1969) wrote over fifteen novels about the upper classes of the late Victorian period. The novels are constructed almost entirely of seemingly banal dialogue that eventually reveals, beneath its surface, the truths of human nature and insights into human relationships which Compton-Burnett took as her themes. Her works include Pastors and Masters, A Family and a Fortune, Manservant and Maidservant, and A House and Its Head

Francine Prose is the author of three collections of stories and ten novels. Her most recent novel, The Blue Angel, was nominated for the National Book Award.

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