After a suicide attempt she spent eight years in mental hospitals in New Zealand, receiving 200 electroshock treatments. She was about to have a lobotomy when a hospital official read that she had won a literary prize. She was released.See her story in the brilliantly acted film, "An Angel At My Table." Click on this link to see how to express interest in its release in DVD format.
January 30, 2004
Janet Frame, 1924-2004, "spells history hiss-tree to make an unsettling connection to Eden's serpent."