Janet Frame. The lagoon & other stories. Christchurch: Caxton Press, 1951.
Janet Frame was born at St. Helen’s Hospital in Dunedin in 1924. Although her family moved to Oamaru shortly afterwards, Frame always retained strong ties to Dunedin. She returned to study at the University of Otago and Dunedin Teachers’ Training College from 1943 and taught briefly at Arthur Street School.
Frame spent much of the next eight years in mental hospitals. During this time she continued to write short stories, of which her first collection The lagoon & other stories was published in 1951. After spending time abroad she returned to Dunedin in 1965 to take up the Robert Burns Fellowship. Although she subsequently travelled widely and lived in a number of North Island locations she returned periodically to Dunedin, and settled in South Dunedin in 1997. She died in Dunedin in 2004.