Janet Frame

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Frame, Janet

(Janet Paterson Frame Clutha) (klo͞o`thə), 1924–2004, New Zealand novelist, b. Dunedin. Frame's complex, disturbing novels are marked by startling images and masterful language. Often drawn from her own years of institutionalization in psychiatric hospitals, including her rescue from a scheduled lobotomy (due to a misdiagnosis of schizophrenia) after her first book won a local prize, her books depict disturbed and often visionary people living on the edge of madness or death. These themes are especially vivid in her first published work, a book of short stories entitled The Lagoon (1951), and her first two novels, Owls Do Cry (1957) and Faces in the Water (1961).

In all, Frame wrote a total of 13 novels, including The Rainbirds (1968), Intensive Care (1970), Daughter Buffalo (1972), Living in the Maniototo (1979), The Carpathians (1988); a 1963 work, Towards Another Summer, that was not published until 2007; and In the Memorial Room, written in the early 1970s but not published until 2013. Frame's other works include a volume of poems, The Pocket Mirror (1967); the short-story collection The Reservoir and Other Stories (1966); and a children's book. Between My Father and the King (2013) encompasses four decades of her short stories.


See her autobiographical trilogy, To the Is-land (1982), An Angel at My Table (1984), and The Envoy from Mirror City (1985); M. King, Wrestling with the Angel: A Life of Janet Frame (2000) and An Inward Sun: The World of Janet Frame (2002); studies by P. Evans (1977), J. Delbaere, ed. (1992), J. D. Panny (1993, rev. ed. 2002), G. Mercer (1994), M. Delrez (2002), S. Oettli-van Delden (2003), and M. Wikse (2006); biographical film, An Angel at My Table (1990), dir. by J. Campion.

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An Angel at My Table," which traces 40 years in the life of New Zealand writer Janet Frame.
Review of Janet Frame, by Claire Bazin (Devon: Northcote House Publishers, 2011).
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In section 3, it is the simple pieces that work best: "Streams," "Without," and a fine tribute to Janet Frame, "Takapuna," in which the longer lines and literary reminiscence support the epigrammatic ending: "Histories of the hive, the swallow's flight, / the archives of the ant, even an ode of Keats--/ all, I know, confirm it: the thing that happens / dies when it happens.
De Krester now moves on to the final stage of the competition, whose previous winners include Janet Frame and Peter Cary.
In 1973 Ngahuia Volkerling, a student trying to write an MA thesis on Janet Frame, contacted Frank Sargeson seeking more information on her subject.
France) analyzes the work of New Zealand writer Janet Frame (1924-2004), starting with the two autobiographical novels Owls Do Cry and Faces in the Water, then her nine novels, short stories, and poems, ending with her official three-volume autobiography (The Is-Land, An Angel at My Table, and The Envoy from Mirror City.
JANET FRAME (1924-2004) was one of New Zealand's most
A memorial to New Zealand author, Janet Frame, who died earlier in 2004, was held in Dunedin, New Zealand on 14 February 2004.
Whatever else she was--and in her own sad self-description Hyde is a sick person, a drug addict, unclean, and someone whose greatest sin was against Robin--she was driven to write, as were Janet Frame and Katherine Mansfield.
In this scholarly work he considers the short fiction of Frank Sargeson, Maurice Duggan, Janet Frame, Patricia Grace, and Owen Marshall on the basis of their contribution to New Zealand literary tradition, making the case that New Zealand literature is neither strictly realistic and modernist, nor post-modernist, nor does it fit neatly into Morrissey's generalized camps of neo-American or Europhile.
Following the death of author Janet Frame, the publishing world is waiting to see if she left any works to be published following her death.