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Issue Details: First known date: 1979... 1979 The Twyborn Affair
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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.' (From the publisher's website.)

Adaptations

y separately published work icon The Twyborn Affair David Britton , United Kingdom (UK) : British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) , 2009 8145637 2009 single work radio play

'As the London Blitz begins, a tangled tale of sexual identity unfolds in this first-ever dramatisation of Nobel Prize-winner Patrick White 's 1979 novel.'

Source:

Radio Times, 24 September 2009, p.120.

Notes

  • Dedication: To Jim Sharman.
  • Epigraph:

    'What else should our lives be but a series of beginnings, of painful settings out into the unknown, pushing off from the edges of consciousness into the mystery of what we have noy yet become.' - David Malouf

    'My suspicion is that in Heaven the Blessed are of the opinion that the advantages of that locale have been overrated by theologians who were never actually there. Perhaps even in Hell the damned are not always satisfied.' -Jorge Luis Borges

    'Sometimes you'll see someone with nothing on but a bandaid.' -Diane Arbus

  • Other formats: Also braille and sound recording.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • London,
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      England,
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      United Kingdom (UK),
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      Western Europe, Europe,
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      Jonathan Cape ,
      1979 .
      image of person or book cover 6458907633410791664.jpg
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      Extent: 432p.
      Note/s:
      • Published 29 September 1979.
      ISBN: 0224017330
    • New York (City), New York (State),
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      United States of America (USA),
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      Americas,
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      Viking ,
      1980 .
      Extent: 432p.
      Note/s:
      • Published 22 April 1980.
      ISBN: 0670737895
    • Ringwood, Ringwood - Croydon - Kilsyth area, Melbourne - East, Melbourne, Victoria,: Harmondsworth, Middlesex,
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      England,
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      United Kingdom (UK),
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      Western Europe, Europe,
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      Penguin ,
      1981 .
      Extent: 432p.
      Reprinted: 1985 , 1988 , 1993
      Note/s:
      • 1981 issue printed in Australia,
      ISBN: 0140055444
    • London,
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      England,
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      United Kingdom (UK),
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      Western Europe, Europe,
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      Vintage ,
      1995 .
      Extent: 432p.
      Reprinted: 2000
      ISBN: 0099458217
Alternative title: Fallet Twyborn
Language: Swedish
    • Stockholm,
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      Sweden,
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      Scandinavia, Western Europe, Europe,
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      Forum ,
      1981 .
      Extent: 486p.
      ISBN: 9137074016

Works about this Work

[Review] The Twyborn Affair John Beston , single work review
— Review of The Twyborn Affair Patrick White , 1979 single work novel
Modernist Fiction/Alternative Modernisms : Australia, Canada, New Zealand Anouk Lang , 2017 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Oxford History of the Novel in English : The Novel in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the South Pacific Since 1950 2017; (p. 190-204)

'What is it about modernism, that multivalent category riven with internal contradictions, that makes literary criticism continue to value it as a category?...' (Introduction)

The Boredom and Futility of War in Patrick White's Fiction Annalisa Pes , 2016 single work criticism
— Appears in: Le Simplegadi , April no. 15 2016; (p. 65-73)
This article investigates the representation of war in terms of uselessness and waste in the fiction of Patrick White, with a particular emphasis on the short story “After Alep”, written in 1945 when the writer was enrolled in the RAF as an Intelligence Officer. By analysing the story in the light of White’s approach to the war as to “the most horrifying and wasteful period” of his life (Marr 1992: 493), the article attempts to demonstrate how the narrative devices used by White contribute to demythologize the rhetoric of the war and of war heroes in a way that may be instrumental in conveying a message of peace out of the ultimate sense of futility transmitted by any war.
Becoming a 'Complete Man' : Issues of Postmodern Identity in The Twyborn Affair Liu Jinlong , 2016 single work criticism
— Appears in: 澳大利亚文化研究 , June vol. 1 no. 2 2016; (p. 34-44)

'This article is an attempt to discuss the protagonist Eddie Twyborn’s identity issue in Patrick White’s The Twyborn Affair. By changing gender to live in different identities, Eddie tries to pursue the ideal identity and become a “complete man” who can love both himself and others. Eddie finally gains the ideal identity and presents the strategy to deal with fragmented identity. White deconstructs the binary opposition of male/female via depicting Eddie’s three gender changes, and reveals the fluidity and instability of identity. White shows readers a beyond humanistic, postmodern solution to identity problem in Twyborn: "bricolage". Different from "androgyny" which focuses on mediation between male and female identity, "bricolage" doesn’t aim for equilibrium of gender but manages identity problem in a more flexible way, which is applying different identities in different relations.'

Source: Abstract.

Top 10 Landmarks in Gay and Lesbian Literature Gregory Woods , 2016 single work column
— Appears in: The Guardian Australia , 4 May 2016;
'From Walt Whitman to Colette and even Virginia Woolf, these books offer readers a vision of how we might live differently, and better.'
Recent Fiction : Futurism and Other Projections Peter Pierce , 1980 single work review
— Appears in: Meanjin , Winter vol. 39 no. 2 1980; (p. 260-269)

— Review of A Woman of the Future David Ireland , 1979 single work novel ; Long Live Sandawara : A Novel Colin Johnson , 1979 single work novel ; Confederates Thomas Keneally , 1979 single work novel ; Hemlock R. A. Nicholls , 1979 single work novel ; The Twyborn Affair Patrick White , 1979 single work novel
[Review] The Twyborn Affair P. Ableman , 1979 single work review
— Appears in: The Spectator , 29 September 1979; (p. 24-25)

— Review of The Twyborn Affair Patrick White , 1979 single work novel
[Review] The Twyborn Affair Manning Clark , 1979 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 13 October 1979; (p. 20)

— Review of The Twyborn Affair Patrick White , 1979 single work novel
[Review] The Twyborn Affair J. Davidson , 1979 single work review
— Appears in: The National Times , 24 November 1979; (p. 54-55)

— Review of The Twyborn Affair Patrick White , 1979 single work novel
An Affair to Truly Remember Geoffrey Dutton , 1979 single work review
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 27 November vol. 100 no. 5188 1979; (p. 86,88-89)

— Review of The Twyborn Affair Patrick White , 1979 single work novel
Patrick White's Aesthetic Noel Macainsh , 1984 single work criticism
— Appears in: LiNQ , [Triple Issue] vol. 12 no. 1-3 1984; (p. 55-70) The Pathos of Distance 1992; (p. 304-319)
Mandala Symbolism in the Novels of Patrick White Shaik Samad , 1995-1996 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Commonwealth Review , vol. 7 no. 1 1995-1996; (p. 117-123)
Patrick White: An International Perspective John Colmer , 1991 single work criticism
— Appears in: Breaking Circles 1991; (p. 182-196)
Constructing the Post-Colonial Male Body Bill Ashcroft , 1998 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Body in the Library 1998; (p. 207-223)

Discusses the representations of the male body and identity in Australian art and literature.

y separately published work icon Lady Spy, Gentleman Explorer : The Life of Herbert Dyce Murphy : The Most Extraordinary Australian You've Never Heard Of Heather Rossiter , Milsons Point : Random House Australia , 2001 Z1205997 2001 single work biography
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Subjects:
  • London,
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    England,
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    United Kingdom (UK),
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    Western Europe, Europe,
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    France,
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    Western Europe, Europe,
  • Monaro, Cooma area, Cooma - Snowy - Bombala area, Southeastern NSW, New South Wales,
Settings:
  • ca. 1914-1942
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