Image: Back jacket of The Pocket Mirror
(George Braziller, New York, first hardback edition, 1967)
Author photograph by Jerry Bauer
Who is Janet Frame? She is the author of the book. Janet Frame cannot be reduced to the status of one of her fictional characters. She is not trapped within the pages of her book like an ancient insect preserved in amber. She wrote it. Hers is the consciousness that stands behind the whole work.