Janet Frame was born in Dunedin 1929. In 1931 her family moved to Oamaru. In 1945 Frame was incarcerated in Seacliff Mental Hospital and diagnosed with incipient schizophrenia. Despite years of mental distress and several bouts of cancer, Frame continued to write prolifically and publish her short stories, poetry, and novels. Her first book to receive great acclaim was Owls do Cry (1957). The Edge of the Alphabet (1962) and was considered to be her first novel. In 1990 Jane Campion made a film based on Frame’s book An Angel at My Table (1984). Frame was awarded the CBE in 1983, and the Order of New Zealand in 1990. She died in 2004 after a fraught but incredibly productive life.
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