Ivy Compton-Burnett's novels all appeared between 1911 and 1971, and dealt with domestic situations in large households which nowadays seem very 'Edwardian'. Her interest was in human weaknesses and foibles of all sorts, and the families in her novels are variously dysfunctional (parents struggling with children, or sibling rivalries producing malicious, if covert, power struggles). Her style and punctuation were somewhat idiosyncratic, but she was enormously well-thought-of, and (although a very private person from a somewhat dysfunctional family herself) very popular. This book aimed to evaluate her remarkable novels from the standpoint of the mid-1960s, offering a wide-ranging critique of the works and their place in the literary canon of the 20th century. Her work is enjoying a renaissance of interest at the moment.
There is no information about the author, Charles Burkhart, except a note in the bibliography that he had already written about this author in the 'Western Review' (Winter, 1950). This was thus, perhaps, his only published book.
The book is in good condition, bound in brownish cloth with gilt title & author's name on the spine. It is protected by the distinctive Gollancz yellow dust jacket (unclipped) with magenta titles etc and other information in black print. There are only minimal signs of use - a tiny crease to the top R/H front corner of the cover, and one tear to the dust jacket (see photos). The jacket is somewhat grubby and darkened at the edges. Inside, the binding is firm, and the pages are all clean and bright.