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The Envoy From Mirror City


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Part 1 Triple witness: earthless, the sailing; the gentleman; Keats and the storytellers of Battersea; three; a game of chess; Plaza Roma; calle ignacio riquer; soap-new people; the pine trees; El Americano; Figuretti's; Andorra. Part 2 At home in the city: London; questions; the investigation and the verdict; Dr Cawley and the luxury of time; Grove Hill Road and the life of a writer; friend in London; meeting the publisher; a cottage in the country; an apartment in the city; the return; Willowglen; only to please the envoy.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR Janet Frame was born in Dunedin in 1924. She was the author of eleven novels, five collections of stories, a volume of poetry and a children's book. She was a Burns Scholar and a Sargeson Fellow and won the New Zealand Scholarship in Letters and the Hubert Church Award for Prose. She was made a CBE in 1983 for services to literature, awarded an honorary doctorate of literature from Otago University in 1978, and one from Waikato University in 1992. She received New Zealand's highest civil honour in 1990 when she was made a Member of the Order of New Zealand. Janet Frame died in January 2004.


The final volume of Frame's autobiography, following To the Is-Land ( LJ 10/1/82) and An Angel at My Table ( LJ 8/84), has less naive wonder and more literariness than its predecessors. From 1957 onward, Frame traces her journey to London, then Ibiza, Andorra, and back to London, cataloging her awakening to life, to sexuality, and to her own literary talent. Most important, a humane psychiatrist, as well as her own competency, finally remove the stigma of schizophrenia. Freed from the belief that her thought processes are abnormal, she begins to write freely and abundantly, at last integrating her imaginative life with reality in what she calls the ``mirror city'' concept. While she has retained her unique and often poetic insight into daily life, the writer we encounter here is clearly a happier and more whole person. Highly recommended. Shelley Cox, Southern Illinois Univ. Lib., Carbondale

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