Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Missing author report ...

... London has lost all its Ivy. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

It struck me that was missing here is Compton-Burnett herself. Here is Ivy Compton-Burnett
on . . .

1 comment:

  1. My favorite take on Compton-Burnett is one I found in one of Barbara Pym's letters:

    "The influence of Miss Compton-Burnett is very powerful once it takes a hold, isn’t it? For a time there seems to be no point in writing any other way, indeed, there seems not to be any other way, but I have found that it passes (like so much in this life) and I have now got back to my own way, such as it is. But purified and strengthened, as after a rich spiritual experience, or a shattering love affair."

    The New York Review of Books classics line has reissued two Compton-Burnetts, but I don't know whether they plan to publish any more. Let's hope.