Janet Frame

New Zealand author (1924–2004)

Nene Janet Paterson Clutha (28 August 192429 January 2004) was a New Zealand author who published under the name Janet Frame. She wrote novels, short stories, poetry, juvenile fiction, and an autobiography. Frame's celebrity derived from her dramatic personal history as well as her literary career.


  • What use the green river, the gold place, if time and
    death pinned human in the pocket of my land not rest
    from taking underground the green all-willowed and
    white rose and bean flower and morning-mist picnic of
    song in pepper-pot breast of thrush?
    • Owls Do Cry, pt, 1, chap. 4, 1961
  • From the first place of liquid darkness, within the second
    place of air and light, I set down the following record
    with its mixture of fact and truths and memories of truths
    and its direction always toward the Third Place, where
    the starting point is myth.
    • To the Is-land, chap. 1, ‘‘In the Second Place’’, 1982
  • The word permanent... had its own kind of revenge on
    those who misused it, for the Bible said that nothing was
    permanent and everything came and went.
    • To the Is-land, chap. 2, ‘‘In the Second Place’’, 1982
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