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
About 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.