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Now in its 14th year of publication, this magazine was created to offer the discerning reader a stimulating selection of excellent original writing. Black Lamb Review is a literate rather than a literary publication. Regular columns by writers in a variety of geographic locations and vocations are supplemented by features, reviews, articles on books and authors, and a selection of “departments,” including an acerbic advice column and a lamb recipe.

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A Week in Literary History

June 5th, 2002

English novelist Ivy Compton-Burnett (Bullivant and the Lambs, 1947) is born in Pinner in 1884.

Ivy Compton-Burnett b. June 5, 1884, d. 1969

compton-burnett.pngLate in life, Ivy Compton-Burnett acknowledged that her novels were “much of a muchness,” and she was right. But it was a wonderful muchness, supplying an endless panorama of sharply drawn characters and families. In a deliciously barbed style, with a minimum of exposition and a maximum of dialogue, she wove tale after tale of generational conflict that made her a literary cult figure long before radio broadcasts of some of her books attracted a wider audience. Every so often, take down a volume and savor its wicked world, secure in the knowledge that a dozen-and-a-half more, just as tasty, are waiting.

Suggested Reading Novels Pastors and Masters, 1925. Brothers and Sisters, 1929. Men and Wives, 1931. More Women Than Men, 1933. A House and Its Head, 1935. Daughters and Sons, 1937. A Family and a Fortune, 1939. Parents and Children, 1941. Elders and Betters, 1944. Manservant and Maidservant, 1947. Two Worlds and Their Ways, 1949. Darkness and Day, 1951. The Present and the Past, 1953. Mother and Son, 1955. A Father and His Fate, 1957. A Heritage and Its History, 1959. The Mighty and Their Fall, 1961, A God and His Gifts, 1963. The Last and the First, 1971.

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