“Gavin Highly” by Janet Frame

by kattomic

“Gavin Highly” by Janet Frame

04.18.12

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Janet Frame was a writer from New Zealand who escaped a lobotomy only when her first novel won a literary prize. She’d been in and out of psychiatric hospitals much of her adult life, and what was seen as mental illness (she suffered from anxiety and depression) also had a component of escapism in it—her home life was filled with anger and violence. She did most of her major work while living an an expatriate in Europe. This story about the plight of a man whose hut full of oyster shells and books has been condemned by the Health Department is filled with fantastic local color and sharp observation. This story was published in The New Yorker and can be found here.

See you tomorrow!

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