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This is an auction for THE INWARD SUN: CELEBRATING THE LIFE AND WORK OF JANET FRAME, by selected and edited by Elizabeth Alley.

"So much has already been said. It is an irony that Janet Frame’s life, so often described as that of our most “reclusive” writer, now ranks among the most documented, raked over, and re examined. Rightly or wrongly, Frame is seen standing apart, remote, a bit mysterious, shrouded in a kind of mist of otherness created by an intellectuality whose brilliant originality elevates her to that rank of writers given to high seriousness and accorded iconic status in the New Zealand literary culture. That assessment has some truth in it, of course, and the elements of darkness and mystery are common enough themes in the way other writers write about her. The late Lauris Edmond writes of Frame in one poem as “the figure rounding a corner/at the far end of a corridor/in a Sydney hotel; back view, moving fast.” The Italian scholar Anna Grazia Mattei notes Frame’s escape to “a heart of darkness where ‘otherness’ lies in wait”; Bill New remarks on “the shadows (that) take you back to the rippled slate pools of private memory, and guide you to the edge that still stands there, undercover, in the middle of the dark wood.” And so on. Some of the mystery was dispelled by Frame’s three volumes of autobiography and the fine film by Bridget Ikin and Hibiscus films, which was subsequently based on them. While there is still no major and definitive critical work on Frame, books of appreciation and tribute that colour in other aspects of the life and work."

Paperback 1994.

214 pages.

Good condition.

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There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston North following the auction.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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