Janet Frame, Towards Another Summer

Patrick Leslie West
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In 1965 Janet Frame described the manuscript she had completed two years previously,

Towards Another Summer

, as “a novel-length autobiographical essay” (“Beginnings” 47). It would be another 42 years before

Towards Another Summer

would be published, several years after the author's death in January 2004, and so for almost half a century the book had little more advertisement than the potluck generic packaging Frame had consigned it to.

Now that Vintage Books have released it into the literary marketplace, adorned with beautiful cover artwork in hues of blue, Towards Another Summer invites a reading against the grain of its own manipulation by the industrial imperatives of publication. Marketed as a straight-out novel, Frame's original description of her book as “a novel-length

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Citation: West, Patrick Leslie. "Towards Another Summer". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 30 September 2008 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=24330, accessed 15 April 2024.]

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