Anne Frank The Book, the Life, the Afterlife (Paperback)
|Author: Francine Prose|
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|The diary of Anne Frank, argues Prose, is as much a work of art as a historical record. Here, she tells the extraordinary story of the book that became a force in the world--definitively establishing Anne Frank as the writer she always knew she was.|
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In June 1942, Anne Frank received a red-and-white-checked diary for her thirteenth birthday, just weeks before she and her family went into hiding in an Amsterdam attic to escape the Nazis. For two years, with ever-increasing maturity, Anne crafted a memoir that has become one of the most compelling documents of modern history. But Anne Frank's diary, argues Francine Prose, is as much a work of art as it is a historical record. Through close reading, she marvels at the teenage Frank's skillfully natural narrative voice, at her finely tuned dialogue and ability to turn living people into characters.
Anne Frank: The Book, The Life, The Afterlife tells the extraordinary story of the book that became a force in the world. Along the way, Prose definitively establishes that Anne Frank was not an accidental author or a casual teenage chronicler but a writer of prodigious talent and ambition.
THE DIARY OF A YOUNG GIRL, by Anne Franmk, has become more than just a book--it has become a cultural institution and a literary monument to the horrors of war, the Holocaust, and the beauty and tragedy of the human spirit. A bestseller a thousand times over, it has been adapted for stage and screen and, like all great works of art, it has been fought over by intellectuals, historians, and critics. Acclaimed novelist Francine Prose (BLUE ANGEL) delves into all facets of Anne Frank's influence: Holocaust deniers who have tried to prove the book a fraud, Christian groups that denounced the book for Frank's musings on sex, Broadway playwrights who tried to tone down Frank's Jewishness, and Jewish critics who were angered by Frank being turned into a universal symbol, rather than a Jewish one. Perhaps Prose's greatest contribution is her loving analysis of Frank's writing itself--she argues passionately that Frank was no mere girlish diarist, but a great literary figure, and that her book was edited and crafted as carefully as any work of art.