The Twyborn Affair

The Twyborn Affair

With his androgynous hero - Eudoxia/Eddie/Eadith Twyborn - and through his search for identity, for self-affirmation and love in its many forms, Patrick White takes us into the ambiguous landscapes, sexual, psychological and spiritual, of ...

Author: Patrick White

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 9781446434895

Category: Fiction

Page: 432

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Eddie Twyborn is bisexual and beautiful, the son of a Judge and a drunken mother. With his androgynous hero - Eudoxia/Eddie/Eadith Twyborn - and through his search for identity, for self-affirmation and love in its many forms, Patrick White takes us into the ambiguous landscapes, sexual, psychological and spiritual, of the human condition.
Categories: Fiction

The Twyborn Affair

The Twyborn Affair

The novel's central character appears to all three, in France in 1914 and in Australia and London 25 years later. The author won the 1973 Nobel Prize for Literature.

Author: Patrick White

Publisher:

ISBN: 0655617183

Category: Androgyny (Psychology)

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Eudoxia is the consort of an elderly Greek, Eddie a hired hand in the Australian outback, and Eadith the madam of a London brothel. The novel's central character appears to all three, in France in 1914 and in Australia and London 25 years later. The author won the 1973 Nobel Prize for Literature.
Categories: Androgyny (Psychology)

The Twyborn Affair

The Twyborn Affair

First published in 1979, this is the second-last novel published by the only Australian to win the Nobel Prize for Literature.

Author: Patrick White

Publisher: Penguin Classics

ISBN: 0140186069

Category: Fiction

Page: 432

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First published in 1979, this is the second-last novel published by the only Australian to win the Nobel Prize for Literature. The sexually ambiguous Eddie Twyborn is encountered in three stages of his life - as Eudoxia, the lover of an elderly Greek man; as Eddie, a jackeroo in the Australian outback; and as Eadith, the madam of a high-class London brothel. This is a paperback reprint in the 'Penguin Twentieth-Century Classics' series.
Categories: Fiction

Dissociation and Wholeness in Patrick White s Fiction

Dissociation and Wholeness in Patrick White s Fiction

EPILOGUE The Twyborn Affair White's commitment to life in A Fringe of Leaves by no means suggests he has purged himself of earlier tendencies or indulgences ...

Author: Laurence Steven

Publisher: Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press

ISBN: 9780889209596

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 163

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Patrick White is a man divided: one part of him strives for permanence, surety, the ideal, while knowing the contingent, temporal realm he inhabits must inevitably undermine such striving. The desire, and the knowledge of its futility, leads him into a misanthropic devaluation of human creative possibility and, complementarily, into the arbitrary use of imposed symbolic resolutions directed to an elect who can ""see"". It has been this part of White, largely, that criticism has been industrious in explicating, if not in quite the terms I have used above. But there is another part of White whic.
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

The Rocks and Sticks of Words

The Rocks and Sticks of Words

13 BROADER PERSPECTIVES I The persistence of style - features : The Twyborn Affair One task of future criticism needs to be the macroscopic investigation of ...

Author: Gordon Collier

Publisher: Rodopi

ISBN: 9051833938

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 499

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Categories: Literary Criticism

The Cockatoos

The Cockatoos

So complete and richly furnishes is the writing of Patrick White that ideas and images within each story are as satisfying as the whole; each story is as nourishing as the book itself.

Author: Patrick White

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 9781448129799

Category: Fiction

Page: 307

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The wild and beautiful birds of the title are the cockatoos who - welcome trespassers in a surburban garden - transform the lives of those they condescend to visit. The Davorens, who for seven years have lived in total silence, are united suddenly in mutual worship of their exotic guests. Miss Le Cornu, the lonely spinster for whom Davoren's calls have become a needed ritual, regards the birds' descent on her chimney-pot as a privilege little short of divine grace. Savage but kind-eyed, tearing with fierce beak at his chosen victim, the cockatoo appears in many disguises in this masterly collection of short novels and stories. Essentially, the book's theme is intimacy, that close relationship in which possessive love can invade and cripple the spirit. In A Woman's Hand, and elderly man married to a proud, manipulative woman perceives in another man's magnificent isolation the stillness and contentment that he will never achieve. Allegedly raped by a mystery intruder, the respectable daughter of respectable and doting parents in The Night the Prowler sets out to violate the social codes that chain her to an unreal identity. In Sicilian Vespers, a doctor's wife on holiday attempts to exorcise her childhood specters in what could be a blasphemous and joyless act of adultery or, on the other hand, a surrender to hysterical fantasy. So complete and richly furnishes is the writing of Patrick White that ideas and images within each story are as satisfying as the whole; each story is as nourishing as the book itself. The Cockatoos achieves a majesty to match the grandeur of his finest novels.
Categories: Fiction

The Hanging Garden

The Hanging Garden

Patrick White died before his novel could be completed, leaving behind a masterpiece in the making.

Author: Patrick White

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 9781448138296

Category: Fiction

Page: 240

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Two children are brought to a wild garden on the shores of Sydney Harbour to shelter from the Second World War. The boy's mother has died in the Blitz. The girl is the daughter of a Sydney woman and a Communist executed in a Greek prison. In wartime Australia, these two children form an extraordinary bond as they negotiate the dangers of life as strangers abandoned on the far side of the world. Patrick White died before his novel could be completed, leaving behind a masterpiece in the making.
Categories: Fiction

Patrick White s Fiction

Patrick White s Fiction

Comprehensive in its scope, this book is informed by a thorough knowledge of White's poetry, plays, short stories, and autobiography, as well as his novels.

Author: Carolyn Bliss

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781349183272

Category: Fiction

Page: 255

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This study examines all eleven novels of Patrick White, the great Australian writer and Nobel Prize-winner. It begins from the observation that major characters in his novels undergo a necessary, redemptive, or facilitating failure. This failure paradoxically enables their success within the context of what White has called the 'overreaching grandeur' which circumscribes human existence. Evolution of this theme is traced through forty years of White's fiction: from his first novel, Happy Valley (1939), to his most recent work, The Twyborn Affair (1979). Comprehensive in its scope, this book is informed by a thorough knowledge of White's poetry, plays, short stories, and autobiography, as well as his novels. It is also unique in stressing that White's world view derives from a distinctly Australian experience. It thus links him to a country in which he is deeply rooted and to a heritage he continued to affirm.
Categories: Fiction

Three Uneasy Pieces

Three Uneasy Pieces

In this book the author addresses the problem of growing old and the "warts of the soul" which, if gouged out, ruin the flesh.

Author: Patrick White

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 9781446435335

Category: Fiction

Page: 59

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In this book the author addresses the problem of growing old and the "warts of the soul" which, if gouged out, ruin the flesh. We must wait, he says, for the evil in us to die naturally. Presenting a peeled potato, a dance in the kitchen and a visit to the aged mother of a childhood friend, he considers our struggle, our efforts to achieve aesthetic perfection and suggests some resolutions. Patrick White is a Nobel Prize-winning author. His novels include "The Tree of Man", "Voss", "The Vivisector", "A Fringe of Leaves", "The Twyborn Affair" and "Memoirs of Many in One".
Categories: Fiction

Reading Corporeality in Patrick White s Fiction

Reading Corporeality in Patrick White   s Fiction

In The Twyborn Affair, the sexually voracious Marcia Lushington reminds Eddie Twyborn of a raw scallop, or heap of them, the smudged, ivory flesh, ...

Author: Bridget Grogan

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004365698

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 286

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In Reading Corporeality in Patrick White’s Fiction Bridget Grogan examines and interprets Patrick White’s narrative and philosophical treatment of corporeality and embodiment.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Voss

Voss

Set in nineteenth-century Australia, Voss is White's best-known book, a sweeping novel about a secret passion between the explorer Voss and the young orphan Laura.

Author: Patrick White

Publisher: Jonathan Cape

ISBN: STANFORD:36105038841727

Category: Australia

Page: 478

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Set in nineteenth-century Australia, Voss is White's best-known book, a sweeping novel about a secret passion between the explorer Voss and the young orphan Laura. As Voss is tested by hardship, mutiny, and betrayal during his crossing of the brutal Australian desert, Laura awaits his return in Sydney, where she endures their months of separation as if her life were a dream and Voss the only reality. Marrying a sensitive rendering of hidden love with a stark adventure narrative, Voss is a novel of extraordinary power and virtuosity from a twentieth-century master.
Categories: Australia