Anne Frank: The Book, The Life, The Afterlife

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Harper Collins, Sep 29, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 336 pages
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“A definitive, deeply moving inquiry into the life of the young, imperiled artist, and a masterful exegesis of Diary of a Young Girl…Extraordinary testimony to the power of literature and compassion” –Booklist (starred review)

In Anne Frank: The Book, the Life, the Afterlife, Francine Prose, author of Reading Like a Writer, deftly parses the artistry, ambition, and enduring influence of Anne Frank’s beloved classic, The Diary of a Young Girl. Approved by both the Anne Frank House Foundation in Amsterdam and the Anne Frank-Fonds in Basel, run by the Frank family, this work of literary criticism unravels the complex, fascinating story of the diary and effectively makes the case for it being a work of art from a precociously gifted writer.

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User Review  - john257hopper - LibraryThing

THIS IS A REVIEW OF FRANCINE PROSE'S BOOK ON THE DIARY, NOT ON THE DIARY ITSELF - THE FORMER'S REVIEWS HAVE BEEN MERGED WITH THE LATTER: This book is an analysis of Anne Frank's diary as a work of ... Read full review

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User Review  - lindap69 - LibraryThing

I found all the references to the multiple versions of the diary fascinating - I had heard about some editing by her father but not the fact that Anne had begun to re-write/edit herself Read full review

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About the author (2009)

Francine Prose is the author of twenty works of fiction. Her novel A Changed Man won the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, and Blue Angel was a finalist for the National Book Award. Her most recent works of nonfiction include the highly acclaimed Anne Frank: The Book, The Life, The Afterlife, and the New York Times bestseller Reading Like a Writer. The recipient of numerous grants and honors, including a Guggenheim and a Fulbright, a Director's Fellow at the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library, Prose is a former president of PEN American Center, and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Her most recent book is Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932. She lives in New York City.

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