An Angel at My Table

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Virago, 2010 - Novelists, New Zealand - 523 pages
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One of the great autobiographies of the twentieth century ... A journey from luminous childhood, through the dark experiences of supposed madness, to the renewal of her life through writing fiction. It is a heroic story, and told with such engaging tone, humorous perspective and imaginative power' Michael Holroyd, Sunday Times

After being misdiagnosed with schizophrenia as a young woman, Janet Frame spent several years in psychiatric institutions. She escaped undergoing a lobotomy when it was discovered that she had just won a national literary prize. She then went on to become New Zealand's most acclaimed writer. As she says more than once in this autobiography: 'My writing saved me.'

This edition contains all three volumes of Frame's autobiography: To the Is-Land, An Angel at My Table and An Envoy from Mirror City.

'One of the most beautiful and moving books I have ever read . . . A masterpiece . . . Janet's autobiography had an enormous effect on me. She struck a blow right to my heart' Jane Campion

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User Review  - allyshaw - LibraryThing

far-gone,/the inconceivably vast, the still-to-learn, serenely as a woman carrying water/ moves with a full jug..." Rilke, "The Grownup" She is oh so very Rilkean-- speaking to angels of *things* Read full review

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User Review  - JolleyG - LibraryThing

It seems to be a truism that most good writers have incredible stories to tell about their own lives, and this is definitely true in the case of Janet Frame. She divides her life into three sections ... Read full review

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About the author (2010)

Janet Frame (1924-2004) is New Zealand's most famous writer. She was a novelist, poet, essayist and short-story writer. Her autobiography inspired Jane Campion's acclaimed film, 'An Angel at My Table'. She was an honorary foreign member of the American Academy of Arts and Literature and won the Commonwealth Literature Prize. In 1983 she was awarded the CBE.

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