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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.

CONDITION
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.

SUMMARY
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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