Manservant and Maidservant (Twentieth Century Classics S.)

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The tyrannical Horace Lamb abuses his household by his oppressive manipulations of his wife, cousin, children, and servants

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The realism of this novel [Manservant and Maidservant] like the realism of all Dame Ivy's novels goes far beyond verisimilitude to some psychologically consistent truth that transcends words.
-- Constance Lewis

A remarkable and unusual novelist, who has, in her own well-tilled field, no rival and no parallel.
-- Times Literary Supplement

The thing is, Compton-Burnett is absolutely sui generis, although she's often compared to Jane Austen. But as Francine Prose points out in the afterward to one of these new editions, she is Austen on bad drugs. Compton-Burnett herself was loftily dismissive of a comparison with Henry James. Her remorseless humor and savagery are a unique cocktail. There's no middle ground with this novelist--you're either bewildered by her or you become an addict. The technical term for the latter is an Ivyist. I do urge you to find out where you stand.
-- Maria Aitken, Bomb

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.

Diane Johnson's most recent novel is Lulu in Marrakech.

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