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The Right B.B.

In response to:

Inscrutable Genius from the December 20, 1984 issue

To the Editors:

Reading Lady Annan’s excellent review of Ivy: The Life of I. Compton-Burnett [NYR, December 20, 1984], I have encountered, with bewilderment, the sentence: “Benjamin Britten said that ‘if Giacometti sculptures could talk, they would speak like the characters in [Compton-Burnett’s] books.’ ” This “brilliantly evocative remark” was made by Bernard Berenson, not Benjamin Britten. In reporting it to Ms. Spurling, I did not think it necessary to spell Berenson’s name in full.

John Pope-Hennessy

New York City

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