“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.
"Prose is clear-headed, tough, and fair, and her book, though in places immensely sad, is superb. It should be cherished alongside the masterpiece that inspired it."
Part 1: Life -- 1: Book, the life, the afterlife -- 2: Life -- Part 2: Book -- 3: Book, part 1. 4: Book, part 2. 5: Book, part 3. Part 3: Afterlife -- 6: House -- 7: Play -- 8: Film -- 9: Denial -- Part 4: Anne Frank In The Schools -- 10: Teaching the diary -- 11: Bard College, 2007. Some notes on the text -- Notes -- Selected bibliography -- Permissions -- Index.