Ivy Compton-Burnett


•  Where to find Ivy Compton-Burnett's novels
•  References to Ivy Compton-Burnett on the Web
•  Special library collections


Where to find Ivy Compton-Burnett's novels

Two of Ivy's novels were reissued in paperback by New York Review Books in March 2001. To learn more, follow these links to NYRB:
Manservant and Maidservant
A House and Its Head

You can purchase these books at the usual places online (Amazon, Powells, et al), at your favorite independent bookstore, or directly from the publisher.

Read an excerpt of A House and Its Head at amazon.com

Read an excerpt of Manservant and Maidservant at amazon.com

To find Compton-Burnett titles that are out-of-print, use the resources listed below.


Advanced Book Exchange, Alibris, and Bibliofind search the inventories of booksellers around the world.

The MX BookFinder search engine performs simultaneous searches of several online booksellers' databases.

United States

Powell's Books The great Powell's Books in Portland, Oregon carries many Ivy Compton-Burnett titles. Check out their searchable database. You can order books online.

Many Ivy Compton-Burnett titles are available at half.com.


References to Ivy Compton-Burnett on the Web

Malcolm Ingram's Home Page has several excellent pages devoted to the life and work of Ivy Compton-Burnett. Highly recommended.

You can hear Studs Terkel's 1962 interview with Ivy Compton-Burnett by visiting www.studsterkel.org/ttmyself.php by selecting the Real Audio file terkel-a0a1j3-b.rm in the section titled "Terkel comments and presents Talking To Myself - Part 1." You can also read this interview at amazon.com

The Women of Brighton website has posted a biographical sketch of Ivy Compton-burnett, along with photographs of Ivy and her childhood home in Hove.

Information on film and television dramatic rights for Ivy Compton-Burnett's work.

The Anglophone Authors Project has posted a biographical sketch of Ivy Compton-Burnett.

The entry for Ivy Compton-Burnett in the Columbia Encyclopedia

The entry for Ivy Compton-Burnett at xrefer.com.

A review of Julian Mitchell's stage adaption of Ivy Compton-Burnett's A Heritage and its History.

A Celebration of Women Writers is an enormous list of women writers (including Ivy Compton-Burnett) with related links.

British and Irish Authors on the Web: This extensive list of British and Irish authors, with related links, includes Ivy Compton-Burnett.

The Lesbian History Project includes Ivy Compton-Burnett on their extensive Notable Lesbians of All Colors List.

Collected Ivy Compton-Burnett links at geometry.net.


The Ivy Compton-Burnett Home PageLibrarians' Site du Jour for June 10, 1997. Here's what they had to say:

"June 10 — I'm not very familiar with the author Ivy Compton-Burnett, but I'm certainly more so now having visited The Ivy Compton-Burnett Home PageHer Novels (including some Quotes from her books), a few descriptions of Her Characters, a Biographical Sketch, and even some words from some of her Critics (many more pro- than anti-Ivy here). There are other life details here, too, including Links to Some of the People in Her Life, Interviews with the author, and even the text from her Obituary in The London Times. Those wishing to do further research on this writer will find the Bibliography of biographical works, literary criticism/commentary, interviews, and adaptations as useful as the Resources pages. This site is just one example of how the level of quality for author research on the Net is increasing. (BTW, the I.C.-B. Page is sponsored by the folks at the Bright Lights Film Journal site, a nice diversion in and of itself.)"

The Ivy Compton-Burnett Home PageVirtual Ink : A Reader's Web Guide:

For The Love Of Ivy
Another site devoted to single authors is The Ivy Compton-Burnett Home Page, a labor of love mounted by devotees of the late English novelist. We add the site not because we share the site publishers' devotion (although we certainly have nothing against the author), but because the site is done so well and in such depth. Fans will enjoy the wallow and newcomers to Compton-Burnett's work will come away not only with a clear understanding of why she inspires admiration, but armed with all the resources they'll need to pursue a newfound interest.



library collections

The Manuscripts Division of Washington University Special Collections is centered on the Modern Literature Collection -- 19th and 20th century American and British authors, including Ivy Compton-Burnett. The central part of the Compton-Burnett Papers consists of the letters and postcards from Compton-Burnett to the English novelist and editor, Kay Dick. Also included are letters from Compton-Burnett to Cicely Grieg, her typist, regarding the production of various Compton-Burnett manuscripts.

The personal papers of Ivy Compton-Burnett are housed at King's College, Cambridge.

The Lilly Library at Indiana University maintains the correspondence of British bookseller George Heywood Hill, 1906-1986, and his wife Lady Anne Hill, 1911-1986. Among the correspondents in the collection is Ivy Compton-Burnett.

The papers of English novelist Christopher Sykes at Georgetown University Lauinger Library include correspondence from Ivy Compton-Burnett.

The Robert Aickman Collection at Bowling Green State University's Center for Archival Collections includes ledgers, journals, daybooks, and correspondence related to the British literary scene, including clippings of Ivy Compton-Burnett.

The Francis Henry King collection at the University of Texas at Austin includes correspondence from Ivy Compton-Burnett.