Prizes: The Selected Stories of Janet Frame

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The most comprehensive selection of Janet Frame’s stories ever published, this exceptional collection has been chosen from the four different volumes released during her lifetime. Featuring the best of her stories, the book includes pieces that were written over four decades, including stories from her debut collection, The Lagoon and Other Stories. First published in 1951, those stories were written while Frame was confined in a mental hospital. When the collection won the Hubert Church Award, Frame was spared ...
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Overview


The most comprehensive selection of Janet Frame’s stories ever published, this exceptional collection has been chosen from the four different volumes released during her lifetime. Featuring the best of her stories, the book includes pieces that were written over four decades, including stories from her debut collection, The Lagoon and Other Stories. First published in 1951, those stories were written while Frame was confined in a mental hospital. When the collection won the Hubert Church Award, Frame was spared a controversial brain operation.

The stories in this new book also include selections from You Are Now Entering the Human Heart, published in the 1980s after a hiatus from writing. As the last stories she published before her death, her writings from this time reveal Frame’s unflinching ability to explore the drama of madness, isolation, and identity.

This new book also includes five short stories that have not been collected before, completing a volume that testifies to the brilliance of Janet Frame’s life and literary talent.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
New Zealander Frame (1924–2004), the multiple-award-winning novelist, short story writer, and poet, is as famous for her epic personal history as for her career. Her first collection, The Lagoon and Other Stories, published in 1954, was written while Frame stayed in a mental hospital. This new anthology spans her lifetime and includes the best of four published collections—The Lagoon and Other Stories, Snowman Snowman: Fables and Fantasies, The Reservoir: Stories and Sketches, and You Are Now Entering the Human Heart—plus five previously unpublished stories. Often melancholy but containing wonderful detail, imagery, and emotion, her works cover a wide range of topics like childhood, madness, relationships, identity, and more. Many of the stories are two-page shorts, a testament to Frame's skill in concision and economy of language. VERDICT Highly recommended for poets and short story enthusiasts, this collection may be particularly appealing to writers who have struggled professionally, as they may identify with some of the characters.—Sarah Conrad Weisman, Corning Community Coll., NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781582436203
  • Publisher: Counterpoint Press
  • Publication date: 12/1/2010
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 637,454
  • Product dimensions: 8.96 (w) x 11.70 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword 7

From The Lagoon and Other Stories 9

The Lagoon 11

Keel and Kool 15

My Cousins Who Could Eat Cooked Turnips 22

Dossy 26

Swans 28

The Day of the Sheep 36

Child 42

Spirit 49

My Father's Best Suit 51

Miss Gibson and the Lumber-room 53

A Note on the Russian War 57

The Birds Began to Sing 59

The Pictures 61

My Last Story 66

From Snowman Snowman: Fables and Fantasies 69

A Windy Day 71

The Terrible Screaming 72

The Mythmaker's Office 75

The Pleasures of Arithmetic 80

The Daylight and the Dust 82

Solutions 83

One Must Give Up 93

Two Sheep 96

From The Reservoir: Stories and Sketches 101

The Reservoir 103

Prizes 119

A Sense of Proportion 127

The Bull Calf 133

The Teacup 144

The Advocate 165

The Chosen Image 167

The Linesman 173

How Can I Get in Touch with Persia? 175

A Relative of the Famous 185

The Triumph of Poetry 193

From You Are Now Entering the Human Heart 219

The Bath 221

Winter Garden 230

You Are Now Entering the Human Heart 236

Insulation 241

Uncollected Stories 249

Lolly-Legs (1954) 251

Face Downwards in the Grass (1957) 258

A Boy's Will (1966) 265

They Never Looked Back (1974) 280

Two Widowers (1979) 288

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