All Series Level Scope and Content Notes
Scope and Contents Note
The collection consists primarily of letters and post cards from Compton-Burnett to
Kay Dick, Auto. Post Cards Signed, 82, Auto. Letters Signed, 16, and Kathleen
Farrell, Auto. Post Cards Signed, 27, Auto. Letters Signed, 2, some items addressed
to both, all written between 1947 and 1969. Included is one Auto. Letter Signed from
Margaret Jourdain to Kay Dick dated Dec. 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, [ca.1944], with moderate revision in pencil, bound in limp blue
1 item, 412 pp.
Ts. [carbon] draft with moderate auto. revision in pencil. Bound in limp
blue folder. 1 item, 412 pp.