Janet Frame

Standard Name: Frame, Janet


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Literary responses Leonora Carrington
In her 2017 assessment Marina Warner likens the text, as a testament to the horrors of psychosis and convulsive drug therapy that is split between visionary illumination and profound psychological distress, to such writing as...
Textual Features Shena Mackay
The stories here deal with all kinds of complexity and nuance in the sisterly relationship. The collection ends, as the introduction begins, with Christina Rossetti 's Goblin Market. The nineteenth century is further represented...
Theme or Topic Treated in Text Ngaio Marsh
NM clearly establishes her sense of the importance of the arts in national life and identity. She vividly evokes the situation of the early settlers in New Zealand as interlopers, white Victorians segregated from...


New Zealander Janet Frame published her first book (The Lagoon and Other Stories) as a patient at Seacliff Psychiatric Hospital : her emotional breakdown in 1947 had been mis-diagnosed as schizophrenia.
Janet Frame 's novelFaces in the Water was published in New Zealand and the USA. British publication followed early the next year.
1 October 1985
New Zealander Janet Frame issued the last of three volumes of autobiography, The Envoy from Mirror City; the first came out in 1982. These books finally spread her fame and quashed her reputation as...