Two, Or, the Book of Twins and Doubles: An Autobiographical Anthology
Penelope Farmer uses her own extraordinary story as a twin to introduce and define each section in this beautifully written autobiographic anthology. The marvelous and eccentric choice of extracts takes us through the labyrinth of myths, fears, and longings—from birth and parenthood, to the love and hate that simultaneously binds and divides two souls, to the crisis (or re...more
Unknown Binding, 488 pages
Published January 1st 1996 by Virago Press (UK)
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Definitely not a book for just anyone. But if you have an interest in twins, for whatever reason, this is a must-read. I loved it! It's an anthology of literature (all kinds--fiction, poetry, psychological and philosophical essays and articles, brief witticisms, and so on). The sectional introductions by the anthologist, a little-known but fabulous children's author who is a twin herself, are fascinating reads in their own right. Unlike some anthologies, this book is probably best enjoyed and ap...more
British children's author Penelope Farmer was born in 1939, in Westerham, Kent, the daughter of Hugh Robert MacDonald and Penelope Boothby Farmer. She published her first book, The China People, in 1960, going on to use one of the longer stories originally intended for that collection as the basis of her first novel, The Summer Birds, which received a Carnegie commendation.More about Penelope Farmer...