Compton-Burnett, Ivy at English => English (The Britannica Concise) Of Explained:
British novelist. She graduated from the Univ. of London and published her first novel, Dolores, in 1911. Her second, Pastors and Masters (1925), introduced the style--employing clipped, precise dialogue to reveal her characters and advance the plot--that made her name. Her novels often dealt with struggles for power: Men and Wives (1931) featured a tyrannical mother, A House and Its Head (1935) a tyrannical father. She was created Dame of the British Empire in 1967.