To the Is-Land

autobiography, part 1

Janet Frame

Genre
Biography
Topics
Autobiography, Biography, Family, Island Life, Journeys, Writers
Author
Janet Frame
Publisher
Paladin
Format
Paperback

Description

Janet Paterson Frame (28 August 1924 - 29 January 2004) was a New Zealand author.

Frame was known for her dramatic personal history as well as her writing. She was scheduled for a lobotomy that was cancelled when her first book was awarded a national literary prize. Some of these experiences featured in her work, such as her autobiographical trilogy, and also in director Jane Campion's popular film adaptation of the texts (an Angel at my Table). Frame eschewed the dominant New Zealand literary realism of the post-war era, combining prose, poetry, and modernist elements with a magical realist style, winning many literary prizes despite mixed critical and public reception.