An Angel at My Table: The Complete Autobiography

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Counterpoint Press, Dec 1, 2016 - Biography & Autobiography - 600 pages
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The autobiography of New Zealand's most significant writerNew Zealand's preeminent writer Janet Frame brings the skill of an extraordinary novelist and poet to these vivid and haunting recollections, gathered here for the first time in a single volume. From a childhood and adolescence spent in a poor but intellectually intense railway family, through life as a student, and years of incarceration in mental hospitals, eventually followed by her entry into the saving world of writers and the "Mirror City" that sustains them, we are given not only a record of the events of a life, but also "the transformation of ordinary facts and ideas into a shining palace of mirrors."

Frame's journey of self-discovery, from New Zealand to London, to Paris and Barcelona, and then home again, is a heartfelt and courageous account of a writer's beginnings as well as one woman's personal struggle to survive.

This book contains selections from the long out-of-print collection entitled Janet Frame: An Autobiography (George Brazillier, 1991), which itself was originally published in three volumes: To the Is-land, An Angel at My Table, and The Envoy from Mirror City.

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I first heard of New Zealand author Janet Frame several years ago when I read that she had been living in a mental hospital and about to be lobotomized, when a doctor recognized her name as the ... Read full review

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Gussyand the Invercargill March
The Athenaeum
Clothed in White Samite
A Death
Once Paumanok

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The Prince of Sleep
The Hungry Generations
The Kingdomby the Sea 23 Scrapers and Bluey

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Janet Frame, ONZ CBE is New Zealand’s most decorated author. Over the course of her fifty-year career, she won New Zealand’s Hubert Church Prose Award four times, the New Zealand Book Awards multiple times for fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, the New Zealand Prime Minister’s Award for Literary Achievement, and dozens of others. An honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, she has published more than twenty-five books.

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