Nov 06


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twinsThe slightly redundant twins in THE RUNNERS raised the entire historical question of TWINS IN KID-LIT: whence it came and where it went — A.Ransom’s various gangs and combos delivered one early set: Port and Starboard in Coot Club and The Big Six; Blyton girlschool stories often featured a twins; but the motherlode was the slightly nutty 26-book oeuvre of LUCY FITCH PERKINS (1865-1937) viz:
The Dutch Twins (1911): Kit and Kat (short for Christopher and Katrina)
The Japanese Twins (1912): Taro and Take (pronounced “tah-kay”)
The Irish Twins (1913): Larry and Eileen
The Eskimo Twins (1914): Menie and Monnie
The Cave Twins (1915): Fire-Top and Firefly [this one i have read]
The Mexican Twins (1915): Tonio and Tita (short for Antonio and Margarita)
The Belgian Twins (1917): Jan and Marie [more LFP at proj.gutenberg]
The French Twins (1918): Pierre and Pierrette
The Spartan Twins (1918): Dion and Daphne
The Scotch Twins (1919): Jean and Jock
The Italian Twins (1920): Beppo and Beppina
The Puritan Twins (1921): Nancy and Daniel
The Swiss Twins (1922): Leneli and Seppi
The Filipino Twins (1923): Ramon and Rita
The Colonial Twins of Virginia (1924): Tom and Trix (short for Thomas and Beatrix)
The American Twins of the Revolution (1926): Sally and Roger
The Pioneer Twins (1927): Jim and Josie
The Farm Twins (1928): Tommy and Nancy
The Norwegian Twins (1933): Eric and Elsa
The Spanish Twins (1934): Carlos and Felipe
The Chinese Twins (1934): Golden Boy and Moon Flower
The Indian Twins (1938): Pigeon and Beaver Boy
The Dutch Twins and Little Brother (1938) Kit and Kat

(plus — date unknown):

The Pickaninny Twins
Kit and Kat
The American Twins of 1812


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    Alix on 15 Nov 2006 #

    But what is the Dutch twins little brother called?!

    The French and Italian ones show shocking lack of inspiration for the female twin halfs name.

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    apparently there is subtle feminist vs puritan subtext to all these stories — follow the link to read up on it

    in light of which haha i really really hope the the indian female twin is called “beaver boy”!

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    Kat on 15 Nov 2006 #

    Um when I click on the Belgian twins link I get a “permission denied” message!

    Arf! “Pigeon herself is far superior to Beaver Boy as far as physical prowess is concerned, to the exclusion of hunting. She is also the braver of the two, so that one gets the impression that Beaver Boy takes to ignoring her out of sheer humiliation.

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    link restored!

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    anatol_merklich on 17 Nov 2006 #

    Eric and Elsa? Hardly the commonest Norwegian names. Well OK, the Elsas made up more than half a percent of women and girls around 1930, but Eric should possibly have been exchanged for Erik

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    anatol_merklich on 17 Nov 2006 #

    Elsa: abt 0.7% of Norwegian women and girls around 1930.

    Eric: abt 0.01%! of Norwegian men and boys around 1930.

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    anatol_merklich on 17 Nov 2006 #

    Oops quasi dbl post there due to delay in their showing up, sorry.

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    while idly googling for entries for sci-fi for kidz — yay the “HEGEMONY OF MALIS” — i remembered an awesome crossover entry with twin-lit = r.heinlein’s TIME FOR THE STARS (one twin goes into space at relativistic speeds, the other stays at home = THEY DO NOT STAY THE SAME AGE!!)

    but bah the internets do not contain any of the lovely GOLLANCZ SF covers i remember from my yoot — this is poor, esp as this one featured a MUTANT SPACE-SQUID upsetting a BOAT FULL OF ADVENTURERS in a crystal lake under strange starlight — which DOES ACUTALLY HAPPEN IN THE STORY (more or less)

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    Pete Baran on 21 Nov 2006 #

    Can’t find that exact cover on this huge list of Heinlein covers,
    but this one comes close

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