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Framing herself, Kim Worthington

Towards Another Summer Janet Frame Vintage, $30.00, ISBN 1869418689 In the months leading up to last year’s posthumous release of Towards Another Summer, a novel written almost 45 years earlier, we learned only that Janet Frame deemed it “too embarrassingly…
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Frame en français, Philip Knight

Le Lagon et Autres Nouvelles  Janet Frame (trans Jean Anderson and Nadine Ribault) Des Femmes-Antoinette Fouque, $28.50 [approx], ISBN 2721005278 In the past several years literary relations between New Zealand and France have come alive as never before. Among the…
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Gold dust in the goose bath, Harry Ricketts

The Goose Bath: Poems Janet Frame (ed Pamela Gordon, Denis Harold and Bill Manhire) Vintage, $39.99, ISBN 1869417658 How The Goose Bath acquired its title is a good story and a characteristic one. The bath itself, as Frame’s niece Pamela…
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Plaits and mandibles, Margaret Mahy

Mona Minim and the Smell of the Sun Janet Frame, illustrations by David Elliot Random, $29.95, ISBN 1869417240 Mona Minim and the Smell of the Sun, by novelist Janet Frame, was first published in 1969. In those days not many…
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The “Frame effect”, Patrick Evans

The most famous of Janet Frame’s poems is probably the one about the little boy dying of leukaemia, “Yet Another Poem About a Dying Child”, which ends with the appearance of Death as a giant spider which gobbles the child…
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Outside the shadow, Kim Worthington

Janet Frame The extensive media attention given to Janet Frame’s death in January is utterly fitting for one who may well be our country’s greatest writer and is certainly our most distinguished, having been seriously considered for the Nobel Prize…
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Obituary — Janet Frame

Janet Frame (1924 – 2004) New Zealand’s most celebrated writer, Janet Frame, died in Dunedin in January, two months after being awarded a Prime Minister’s Awards for Literary Achievement. She was 79. Her first book, The Lagoon and Other Stories,…
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The necessity of lying, Mark Williams

Surfaces of Strangeness: Janet Frame and the Rhetoric of Madness Simone Oettli-van Delden Victoria University Press, $39.95, ISBN 0864734565 Albert Wendt and Pacific Literature: Circling the Void Paul Sharrad Auckland University Press, $44.99, ISBN 1869403037 For a supposedly puritanical country…
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Avoiding the cookie-cutter, Jennifer Lawn

Manifold Utopia: The Novels of Janet Frame  Marc Delrez Rodopi, $59.95 approx, ISBN 904201508X The appearance of the term “manifold” in the titles of two recent books on Janet Frame’s fiction suggests a current fascination with the multiple modes of…
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Back in the frame, Elizabeth Alley

An Inward Sun: The World of Janet Frame Michael King, contemporary photographs by Reg Graham Penguin Books, $39.95, ISBN 0143018388 So much has already been said. It is an irony that Janet Frame’s life, so often described as that of…
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