Pay Now
Combined shipping Add this item to Cart for a combined free shipping deal
Click to enlarge photo

Listing Detail Tabs

Wrestling with the Angel - A life of Janet Frame
By Michael King

Fame has been both alarming and lifesaving for Janet Frame, New Zealand's best-known writer. Shy, private, and leery of the stigma of her incarceration in psychiatric hospitals, she finally lifted the curtain on her unusual life in the 1980s when she wrote the three-volume autobiography that inspired Jane Campion's film, Angel at My Table (1990). Then in 1995, Frame, at 71 the author of 11 novels and five story collections, invited King to write a biography free of critical analysis of her work. He complied, and now presents a meticulously researched and quietly lucid account that captures the strangeness and trauma of Frame's tragedy-punctuated childhood and the appalling brutality of the treatments she endured after a misdiagnosis of schizophrenia. Saved from a lobotomy by the arrival of her first book in 1951, Frame, whose affliction, as King so gracefully reveals, was simply an artist's porousness to the world, has subsequently been watched over by mentors and friends--her angels--who recognize and treasure her rare powers and the need for solitude her lyrical and psychologically acute writing demands.

Hardback, first edition 2000, 583pages, good condition, shelf wear on cover edge, name in front Please click here to ask a question
Your question and answer privileges have been disabled.
You must log in to view questions and answers on this listing. We recommend reading questions before you make any purchases.
Please log in to view questions and answers on this listing. We recommend reading questions before you make any purchases. Available only to approved bidders. You must be an authenticated member to ask questions Find out more about becoming authenticated. Your account is in debt Your current account balance is You must credit your account to use this feature.
Firearms Licence #
By entering my licence number, I confirm I am aware of my obligations under the Arms Act.
Transaction details may be provided to police in accordance with the Terms & Conditions.
Your current account balance is Please note you will lose your question and answer privileges if your account is in debt for more than 2 weeks. Credit your account.
I confirm that I am over 18 years old.
To prevent your personal details being misused please do not put emails or phone numbers in questions. Failure to comply may result in the suspension of your account. The seller cannot add a Buy Now price once bidding has started.

Shipping options

  • P&P All NZ upto 4 auctions$5.50
  • Free Shipping in NZ for 5 auctions or more$0.00
  • Seller does not allow pick-ups
  • Seller location: North Shore, Auckland, NZ

Payment options

  • NZ bank deposit