Books: Polyperse

APPLESAUCE by June Arnold. 240 pages. McGraw-Hill. $4.95.

A great many writers nowadays are hung up on the psychological-fantasy novel. Their common theme is not so much alienated man as the phenomenon of what might be called the polyperse—the several conflicting personalities in a single character. Unafraid, Virginia Woolf was one of the pioneers of the form; in Orlando, the hero starts out as a man and winds up as woman. More recently, lohn Fowles's The Magus dealt with a girl who was possibly 1) a ghost, 2) a nymphomaniac, 3) an actress, or...

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