Thursday, November 3, 2011

Dunedin maid made good*

I was recently interviewed for Dunedin's TV Channel 9 and for a local audience I stressed how the new book Janet Frame in her own words would probably surprise some people who had been influenced by the myth of Janet Frame as a socially incapable person, given that it provides evidence for her nearly 80 years of vigorous engagement with the world.

Of course there is so much more to the book than the biographical aspect of filling in a more rounded picure of the author, but that will be just one of the pleasures and surprises for old and new fans of Frame's writing.

[* As a young woman Janet Frame worked as a housemaid in a Dunedin hotel and as a nursemaid in a Dunedin rest home. In later years she returned to live in Dunedin as successful world-famous author. As she pointed out herself, it was like a fairy tale.]

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