Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Frame, Janet

Janet Frame (1924-2004)


Classic New Zealand Poets in Performance (2006):

The Cat of Habit
The Icicles
Lines Written at the Frank Sargeson Centre
O Lung Flowering Like a Tree

Aotearoa NZ Poetry Sound Archive (2004):


1. The old man’s grapes ...
2. The cat of habit …
3. Drought in another country
4. Friends far away die …
5. On being rhapsodic
6. I thought it was all so simple …
7. Mirrors again …
8. Auckland is wonderful in March the poet said …
9. Every morning I congratulate …
10. The old bull
11. Daniel
12. Scarlet Tanager, Saratoga Springs
13. The travellers

New Zealand Poets Read Their Work (1974):

LP 2, side 2

O Lung Flowering Like a Tree
The Flowering Cherry

LP 3, side 2

The Cabbages

Waiata Archive (1974):

CD 27 [missing]

The Flowering Cherry
Country Dead (incomplete)
Big Bill
O Lung Flowering Like a Tree
The Cabbages

12 Taonga from the AoNZPSA (nzepc, 2004):

Friends far away die ...

Bio /Bibliography:

Janet Frame was a novelist, short story writer and poet. Born in Dunedin in 1924, she attended Waitaki Girls’ High School, the University of Otago and Dunedin Teachers’ Training College (1943-44). In 1945, she entered Seacliff Mental Hospital, near Dunedin, where she was (wrongly) diagnosed as schizophrenic. Her first book, The Lagoon and Other Stories, a collection of short stories written during her eight-year confinement, was published in 1951. After her release, she boarded with the writer Frank Sargeson in Takapuna while she wrote her first novel, Owls Do Cry (1957). In 1956 she left New Zealand for Europe, travelling in the Mediterranean and living for seven years in London. Here, she wrote a further three novels and two collections of short stories. After returning to New Zealand in 1963, she continued to write prolifically and was awarded a Burns Fellowship in 1965. Her sole volume of poetry, The Pocket Mirror, appeared in 1967. Her publication rate slowed somewhat in the decade that followed; in the 1980s, however, she published her acclaimed three-volume autobiography and her last novel, The Carpathians (1988). Frame received many awards and honours in recognition for her writing. She was nominated for the Nobel Prize for Literature many times, and shortlisted at least twice (in 1998 and 2003). She died of leukemia in late January 2004.


The Pocket Mirror: Poems, New York: George Braziller, Inc., 1967
The Goose Bath, ed. Bill Manhire, Auckland: random House, 2006

Prose (novels, short stories and autobiography):

The Lagoon and Other Stories, Christchurch: Caxton Press, 1951
Owls Do Cry, Christchurch: Pegasus Press, 1957
Faces in the Water, Christchurch: Pegasus, 1961
The Edge of the Alphabet, Christchurch: Pegasus Press, 1962
Snowman, Snowman: Fables and Fantasies, New York: George Braziller, Inc., 1962
The Reservoir: Stories and Sketches. New York: George Braziller, Inc., 1963
Scented Gardens for the Blind, Christchurch: Pegasus Press, 1963
The Adaptable Man, Christchurch: Pegasus Press, 1965
A State of Siege, Christchurch: Pegasus Press, 1967
Mona Minim and the Smell of the Sun, New York: George Braziller, Inc., 1969
The Rainbirds, London: W.H. Allen, 1968
Intensive Care, New York: George Braziller, Inc., 1970
Daughter Buffalo, Wellington: Reed, 1973
Living in the Maniototo, New York: George Braziller, Inc., 1979
To the Is-Land, London: Women’s Press, 1983
You Are Now Entering the Human Heart, Wellington: Victoria University Press, 1983
An Angel At My Table, Auckland: Hutchinson, 1984
The Envoy From Mirror City, Auckland: Hutchinson, 1985
The Carpathians, Auckland: Century Hutchinson, 1988
Towards Another Summer, Auckland: Random House, 2007

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