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HB The Papers of the Hayward Bequest of T.S. Eliot Material
HM Papers Relating to Hugh Owen Meredith
HSW Papers Relating to Hugh Stanley Wilson
HUM 'The Cambridge Humanists and the BBC'
HWR The Papers of Herbert William Richmond
ICB The Papers of Ivy Compton-Burnett
IMS The Papers of Ian Melville Stephens
JDH The Papers of John Davy Hayward
JEN The Papers of John Edwin Nixon
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The Papers of Ivy Compton-Burnett

Title The Papers of Ivy Compton-Burnett
Reference GBR/0272/PP/ICB
Creator Burnett, Dame Ivy Compton-
Covering Dates 1900–1985
Extent and Medium 3 boxes; paper
Repository King's College Archive Centre, Cambridge
Content and context

Ivy Compton-Burnett (1884-1969) was born in Pinner, Middlesex. She was educated privately, then at Holloway College, where she studied Classics. She wrote her first novel, 'Dolores', in 1911, and a further 19 novels throughout her lifetime. The last of these, 'The Last and the First', was published posthumously in 1971. She shared a flat with author and furniture historian Margaret Jourdain from 1918 until Jourdain's death in 1951.

For further biographical information the reader is directed to the following published works:

- Spurling, Hilary: 'Ivy When Young, the early life of I. Compton-Burnett 1884-1919', London: Allison and Busby, 1974

- Spurling, Hilary: 'Secrets of a Woman's Heart, the later life of I. Compton-Burnett, 1920-1969', London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1984

- Dick, Kay: 'Ivy and Stevie (Ivy Compton-Burnett and Stevie Smith), conversations and reflections', London: Allison and Busby, 1971

The papers comprise drafts of two of Ivy Compton-Burnett's novels, translations of poems by Margaret Jourdain, correspondence, press cuttings, broadcasts about ICB's work, diaries and a few photographs.

The papers were deposited at King's College Library by Mrs Henrietta Williamson on 18 July 1984.

Access and Use

Please cite as King's College Archive Centre, Cambridge, The Papers of Ivy Compton-Burnett, ICB

Further information

Researchers interested in Margaret Jourdain's work on furniture and architecture may also like to consult her papers held in the Victoria and Albert Museum.

Index Terms
Burnett, Dame Ivy Compton - (1892-1969) novelist
Jourdain, Margaret (c 1876-1951) author and furniture expert
King's/PP/ICB contains:
1 Original works by Ivy Compton-Burnett.
6 envelopes; paper.
2 Original works by Margaret Jourdain.
Creator: Jourdain, Margaret.
6 envelopes; paper.
3 Correspondence and works of others.
39 envelopes; paper.
4 Biographical papers.
05 shelf and 7 envelopes; paper.
c. 1900–1985
5 BBC Radio Broadcasts.
1 envelope; paper.
6 Novels by ICB and translations.
34 volumes; paper.
7 Newspaper cuttings of reviews.
16 envelopes; paper.
8 Other printed material.
7 envelopes and 1 volume; paper.

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