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Ivy Compton-Burnett : Men and Wives : Hardback in Dust Wrapper 1948

Ivy Compton-Burnett : Men and Wives : Hardback in Dust Wrapper 1948

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Men and Wives

By Ivy Compton-Burnett

Published; London: Eyre & Spottiswoode, 1948. First in this edition. First Thus. 8vo, pp. 278.

A good first edition. The dust jacket is good and unclipped with just a little damage to the top and tail of spine. The boards and spine are good. Endpapers good with a booksellers stamp to front endpaper. All contents present and pages clean throughout. No writing or names to the book. Overall a very good first edition.

At the centre of this novel stands Harriet Haslam, the epitome of the maternal power figure,whose genuine but overpowering love dominates the novel and whose self-knowledge drives her into insanity. Even after her death Harriet continues to dominate.

Surrounding this central figure are a host of marvelously realised characters - Sir Geoffrey Haslam, Harriet's husband, an innocent self-deluder; Dominic Spong, a hypocrite whose platitudes do not quite conceal his powerful self-interest; Agatha Calkin whose benevolent maternalism nearly hides the greediest of drives towards power; Lady Hardistry, the most outrageously witty of all sophisticates; Camilla Christy, a loose woman, dazzling, charming, and corrupt. Unlike Harriet Haslam, who will not spare herself the truth, the others are happier with their lies and can never achieve Harriet's grandeur..
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