An Angel at My Table: The Complete Autobiography

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Catapult, Dec 1, 2016 - Biography & Autobiography - 600 pages
The autobiography of New Zealand's most significant writer

New 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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Selected pages


Another Death by Water
Dear Educated
Threading Needles
Finding the Silk
Grand Hotel
Mr Brasch and Landfall
The Photograph and the Electric Blanket
Up North

O K Permanent Wave
The Prince of Sleep
The Birds of the
Gussy and the Invercargill March
The Athenaeum
Clothed in White Samite
A Death
Once Paumanok
The Hungry Generations
The Kingdom by the
Scrapers and Bluey
Faust and the Piano
Marking Time
Early Spring Snow
Thats Not You Jasper
University Entrance
A Country Full of Rivers
Leaving the IsLand Greeting the IsLand
Tricks of Desperation
The Stone
Number Four Garden Terrace Dunedin
The Student
Again A Country Full of Rivers
Isabel and the Growth of Cities
The Boardinghouse and the New World
Willowglen Summer
Mr Sargeson and the Army
Talk of Treasure
The Pine Trees in the Cool of the Evening
A Death
The Silkworms
Miss Lincoln Beatrix Potter and Dr Donne
Advice to the Traveller
The Traveller
Triple Witness
Earthless the Sailing
The Gentleman
Keats and the Storytellers of Battersea
A Game of Chess
Plaza Roma
Calle Ignacio Riquer
SoapNew People
The Pine Trees
El Americano
At Home in the City
The Investigation and the Verdict
Dr Cawley and the Luxury of Time
Grove Hill Road and the Life of a Writer
Friends in London
Meeting the Publisher
A Cottage in the Country
An Apartment in the City
The Return
Only to Please the Envoy

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Janet Frame (1924 - 2004) was one of New Zealand's most distinguished writers. She is best known for An Angel at My Table, which the Sunday Times of London called "one of the great autobiographies written in the twentieth century," and inspired Jane Campion's internationally acclaimed film. Throughout her long career, Frame received a wide range of awards, including every literary prize for which she was eligible in New Zealand, honorary membership in the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Literature.

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