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A House and Its Head

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Country  United Kingdom
Publication date  1935
Pages  287 pp
Author  Ivy Compton-Burnett
Publisher  Heinemann
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Language  English
Media type  Print (Hardcover)
Originally published  1935
Genre  Novel
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Similar  Ivy Compton-Burnett books, Fiction books

A House and Its Head is a 1935 novel by Ivy Compton-Burnett.

The main theme of the book is the family unit, and through this gender struggles are portrayed.

Duncan Edgeworth's relationship with his wife Ellen can be seen as problematic from very early on, and it is even assumed that when you read the title of the book you think that the 'head' is male based on the patriarchal stereotype. This book casually pokes fun at the art of idle gossip.

Whenever she was asked which of her novels were her favorites, Compton-Burnett always referred to A House and Its Head and Manservant and Maidservant.

Susan Sontag listed the novels of Compton-Burnett as examples of "camp" in her essay, Notes on "Camp" in 1964.

References

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