Books: Oedipus Revised

DARKNESS AND DAY (298 pp.) — /. Compton-Burnett—Knopf ($3.50).

When the original Oedipus found that he was married to his own mother, he put out his eyes and wandered blindly to his death. Edmund and Bridget Lovat, the principal characters in Ivy Compton-Burnett's new opus, are more modern. They survive the news that they are father & daughter as well as man & wife, and become quite reconciled to the idea. "Such unions do no harm in nature," says Edmund. "Perhaps people are braver than they used to be," says Bridget. "What a change, and in a way an interest for us!''...

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