Inseparable (Hardback)

Yunte Huang (University of Cal

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Twins Chang and Eng Bunker (1811-1874), conjoined at the sternum by a band of cartilage and a fused liver, were "discovered" in Siam by a British merchant in 1824. Yunte Huang depicts the twins, arriving in Boston in 1829, first as museum exhibits but later as financially savvy showmen. Their rise from freak-show celebrities to rich southern gentry; their marriage to two white sisters, resulting in twenty-one children; and their owning of slaves is here not just another sensational biography but an excavation of America's historical penchant for finding feast in the abnormal, for tyrannizing the "other"-a tradition that, as Huang reveals, becomes inseparable from American history itself.


Product Details

  • Product code: BOGTI
  • ISBN: 9780871404473
  • Publisher: WW Norton & Co
  • Format: Hardback
  • Dimensions: 23.5cm x 15.5cm
  • Pages: 416
  • Publish date: Tue Apr 24 00:00:00 BST 2018
  • Book points: 20

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