Ivy Compton-Burnett

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ICB published twenty novels: the first while she was in her twenties, in 1911, but the first one to use her mature and startlingly original style when she was forty, in 1925. From the beginning she was praised by critics (sometimes a chorus, sometimes a few lone voices) but sold less well than she would have liked. She was a paradox: a person shaped by Victorian values and social hierarchies, whose novels—composed largely of razor-sharp dialogue—dismantle those values and hierarchies from within.
Black-and-white close-up photograph, circa 1957, of Ivy Compton-Burnett looking off-camera.
"Ivy Compton-Burnett" by Evening Standard/Stringer, 1957-01-01. Retrieved from https://www.gettyimages.co.uk/detail/news-photo/english-novelist-ivy-compton-burnett-circa-1957-news-photo/944558376. This image is licensed under the GETTY IMAGES CONTENT LICENCE AGREEMENT.

Milestones

5 June 1884
ICB was born in a substantial house in a newly-developed suburban estate at Pinner, Middlesex.
Spurling, Hilary. Ivy When Young. Victor Gollancz, 1974.
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By 23 September 1907
ICB wrote a poem for her next sister, Vera, on her sixteenth birthday.
Spurling, Hilary. Ivy When Young. Victor Gollancz, 1974.
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April 1929
ICB published her third novel, Brothers and Sisters.
Spurling, Hilary. Secrets of a Woman’s Heart. Hodder and Stoughton, 1984.
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27 August 1969
ICB died, after some months of being cared for, protected, bullied, and often denied to visitors, by her maid, Mary.
Spurling, Hilary. Secrets of a Woman’s Heart. Hodder and Stoughton, 1984.
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1971
ICB 's final, untitled novel (which cost her much time and trouble) was published posthumously under the title The Last and the First.
Spurling, Hilary. Ivy When Young. Victor Gollancz, 1974.
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Biography

Birth

5 June 1884
ICB was born in a substantial house in a newly-developed suburban estate at Pinner, Middlesex.
Spurling, Hilary. Ivy When Young. Victor Gollancz, 1974.
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