Anne Frank: The Book, the Life, the Afterlife

With the understanding one great writer has for another, New York Times bestselling author Francine Prose deftly parses the artistry, ambition, and enduring influence of the text millions have come to know as THE DIARY OF A YOUNG GIRL. But the diary of Anne Frank, argues Francine Prose, is as much a work of art as an historical record. Through close reading, she marvels at the teenaged Frank’s skillfully natural narrative voice, at her finely tuned dialogue and ability to turn living people into characters. Prose explores Anne Frank’s natural writing skill and conscious decision to create a piece of literature, the difficulties and controversies surrounding the publication, and the lasting power one of the world’s most read and banned books.

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