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Wrestling with the Angel: a Life of Janet Frame

King, Michael

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ISBN 10: 0670893714 / ISBN 13: 9780670893713
Published by Viking, Auckland, 2000
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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Second printing (number line runs from 2 to 10) . 583 pages. Black boards with white lettering on spine. Dimensions: 9 1/2" by 6 1/2". No signatures. No tears in dustwrapper. Dustwrapper protected in archival mylar cover. ; 8vo. Bookseller Inventory # 003917

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Title: Wrestling with the Angel: a Life of Janet ...

Publisher: Viking, Auckland

Publication Date: 2000

Binding: Original Cloth

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

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The first full-scale-and long-awaited-biography of Janet Frame, sometimes described as the "most distinguished woman writer in English"

Janet Frame, born in 1924, is New Zealand's most celebrated and least public author. She has published more than twenty books and has been shortlisted for the Nobel Prize. Her three-volume memoir, described by Michael Holroyd as "one of the greatest autobiographies written this century," was the subject of the award-winning film An Angel at My Table.

Relying on documents never previously released, including Janet Frame's diaries, health records, and court transcripts, Michael King reveals the formative episodes of her life-the poverty of her childhood, her enduring sense of being an outsider, the deaths of two sisters by drowning, her incarceration in psychiatric hospitals for the better part of a decade, and her continuing struggle against diagnoses of mental illness. And he deals in frank detail with her life in the decades since her memoirs were published.

Insightful, shocking, and unforgettable, Wrestling with the Angel is a remarkable account of a writer who has been pushed to the limit by life and, with equal force, has pushed the powers of her imagination and talent to create extraordinary work.

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Michael King has published more than twenty books and received seventeen awards. His international bestseller, Death of the Rainbow Warrior, was published in 1986 and has become the standard work on the French Secret Service's attempt to cripple Greenpeace.

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