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Anne Frank: The Book, the Life, the Afterlife by Francine Prose

In Anne Frank, Francine Prose explores everything related to Anne Frank's diary and its history in the decades since she wrote it. She argues that Anne wrote the diary with the expectation of it being public, often editing and rewriting portions to suit her burgeoning literary skills. She tells the story of its path to publication through several rejections, and the different form it took in different countries. She also presents its role as required reading all over the world and its influence on modern culture. Anne Frank has received positive reviews with saying, "Reading this book brings back memories of one’s first reading of The Diary of a Young Girl, a literate paean to the idealism of youth amidst the terror and bleak reality of war and hate. It will undoubtedly prompt us to re-read young Anne’s diary as a multi-layered work --- not just the chronicle of long-ago events told by a bright youngster, but as a brilliant work of art given to the world by a rare, lost genius."
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