Address at the launch of I Have What I Gave, August 28, 1992
Editorial note: the material that follows is reproduced from an address given by Elizabeth Alley at the launch of the first edition of I Have What I Gave — Judith Dell Panny’s study of Janet Frame’s fiction. That book has subsequently been revised and the second edition was published in 2002. As the opening sentences make clear, Elizabeth Alley was a victim of inclement weather, and the address had to be delivered in absentia. What makes it of particular interest, though, and accounts for its reproduction here, is its inclusion of the text of a letter from Janet Frame, in which Frame recalls her sometimes ‘bruising encounters’ with critics, and records by contrast the ‘amazed gratitude’ with which she read and responded to this particular account of her work.
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