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Ivy Compton-Burnett Papers

Identifier: MS-MS-ms029

The Ivy Compton-Burnett Papers consists primarily of letters and post cards from Compton-Burnett to Kay Dick (98 items) and Kathleen Farrell (29 items), some items addressed to both, all written between 1947 and 1969. Included is one letter from Margaret Jourdain to Kay Dick dated December 16, 1947. The content is largely personal in nature, offering or accepting invitations, conveying information about travel plans, etc. Frequent reference is made to Compton-Burnett's domestic situation and health. Occasional comments concern contemporary events and literary figures including Olivia Manning, Rose Macaulay, Richard Church and Pamela Hansford Johnson, and Compton-Burnett's own work and work habits. Also included is one typescript [carbon] of Elders and Betters [novel] by Compton-Burnett [circa 1944] with moderate revision in pencil, bound in limp blue folder.


  • Creation: 1944-1968


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2.00 boxes

Biographical Information

Ivy Compton-Burnett (June 5, 1884 –August 27, 1969) was an English novelist. Born in Pinner, Middlesex, Compton-Burnett attended Addiscombe College, Hove, in 1898–1901, then boarded for two terms in 1901–2 at Howard College, Bedford, before embarking on a university degree in Classics.

Apart from Dolores (1911), Compton-Burnett's subject matter focused on domestic situations in large households of the late-Victorian upper classes. Manservant and Maidservant (1947) is often considered to be her best work. She was awarded the 1955 James Tait Black Memorial Prize for her novel Mother and Son and was appointed a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in 1967.

Method of Acquisition

Accession number 926. Purchase from Bertram Ltd, June 10, 1968.

Accession number 977. Purchase from Bertram Ltd, August 28, 1968.

Accession number 1194. Purchase from Bertram Ltd, May 14, 1970.

Accession number 1195. Purchase from Bertram Ltd, May 15, 1970.

Accession number 1462. Purchase from Bertram Ltd, May 6, 1977.

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  • 2020 December 11: Resource record updated in ArchiveSpace by Sarah Schnuriger.

Collecting Area Details

Part of the Manuscripts Collecting Area

Joel Minor
Olin Library, 1 Brookings Drive
MSC 1061-141-B
St. Louis MO 63130 US
(314) 935-5495