An Autobiography is a powerful account of one woman’s difficult journey from childhood through a painful adolescence and young adulthood to her gradual emergence as a writer. Frame’s book is a testament to the determination to write that somehow survived her devastating years of hospitalization and personal tragedy, and her story is an illuminating look at a writer’s development. Frame’s growth as a writer is chronicled throughout the book, beginning with her first improvised story as a small child. She discusses both the joy and the salvation that she found in writing and the difficult and day-to-day tedium of sitting alone in a room with only her typewriter for company; one of the book’s most important contributions is the success with which it conveys a sense of the writer’s life.
Beautifully written itself, the book is also a celebration of the writers whose work inspired and influenced Frame. She quotes frequently from poems that were important to her throughout the various stages of her life and describes the chords that they struck in her own experience. Frame’s love of literature is a sustaining force in her troubled life, and her own need to write is both a lifesaving means of self-expression and a longing to become a part of the creative realm that has played such a crucial role in her own development. Her autobiography explores the link between the artist and the world of art that has preceded her; for Frame, this...
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