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Issue Details: First known date: 2010... 2010 The Lateness and Queerness of The Twyborn Affair : White’s Farewell to the Novel
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'This essay undertakes a reappraisal of The Twyborn Affair (1979), focusing on its status as the final novel by Patrick White. David Marr's biography shows that White did not always consider The Twyborn Affair would be his last novel, and was in fact planning another while in the final stages of writing. As we know, however, this other novel did not eventuate, and The Twyborn Affair remains for posterity as White's theatricalized and over-determined farewell to the novel. This status is further underscored by the way his two subsequent works announce generic departures from the novel: the work immediate following is his biography, Flaws in the Glass: A Self Portrait (1981); and his final work is a memoir, Memoirs of Many in One (1986). Moreover, the latter work is signed by the pseudonymous "Agnes Xenophon Demirjian Gray," rather than Patrick White, who performs a removal from authorship to the role of editor.. (Introduction)


  • Epigraph: In the history of art, late works are catastrophes.

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    y separately published work icon Remembering Patrick White : Contemporary Critical Essays Elizabeth McMahon (editor), Brigitta Olubas (editor), Amsterdam New York (City) : Rodopi , 2010 Z1691441 2010 selected work criticism Remembering Patrick White presents the first major study of the full range of White’s work in over twenty-five years, and aims to bring this important author up to date for new generations of readers and scholars. Patrick White is a writer of moods and perspectives and the essays collected here range in their focus over his public presentations, his formal challenges, his spiritual leanings and dramatic gestures. They examine the breadth and significance of White’s intellectual contribution and consider the ongoing legacy of his thought and his art within national and international frames. As a collection, they focus our attention on what Patrick White means at the juncture of the present, reading his work through contemporary critical perspectives that further underscore the dynamism and substance of his writing. (Publisher's blurb) Amsterdam New York (City) : Rodopi , 2010 pg. 77-94
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