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House and Its Head

House and Its Head

by Ivy Compton-Burnett
     
 

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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. “A radical thinker

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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. “A radical thinker, one of the rare modern heretics,” said Mary McCarthy of Ivy Compton-Burnett, in whose austere, savage, and bitingly funny novels anything can happen and no one will ever escape. The long, endlessly surprising conversational duels at the center of Compton-Burnett’s works are confrontations between the unspoken and the unspeakable, and in them the dynamics of power and desire are dramatized as nowhere else.

Editorial Reviews

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:
9780575015791
Publisher:
Gollancz Lt, Victor
Publication date:
10/28/1966
Series:
Modern Classics Ser.
Pages:
276

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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