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Anne Frank

The Book, The Life, The Afterlife

by Francine Prose

On Sale: 10/05/2010

Price: $14.99

Anne Frank

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Anne Frank

The Book, The Life, The Afterlife

by Francine Prose

On Sale: 10/05/2010

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Price: $14.99

About the Book

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.

Critical Praise

“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.” - Boston Sunday Globe

“Prose admirably recreates the events in the attic over the years—no small feat—[with] all the drama of a classic whodunit…Transcendent criticism…[A] case so brilliantly proven.” - Chicago Tribune

“This is an amazing book…thorough, thoughtfully, beautifully written…[It] focuses on Anne Frank as an accomplished writer…I was thrilled to find it.” - Miami Herald

“Francine Prose...takes Anne’s story and adds to it a new perspective....Prose tells this story with tremendous beauty, pathos and a profound awareness of tragic coincidence.” - San Francisco Chronicle

“Prose’s book is a stunning achievement…Now Anne Frank stands before us…a figure who will live not only in history but also in the literature she aspired to create.” - Minneapolis Star Tribune

“Illuminating…A compelling story…Francine Prose explains some of the many sides of this remarkable story.” - Washington Post

“Impassioned…compelling…No one has made the case as convincingly and forcefully as Francine Prose does that Anne Frank aspired to be taken seriously as a writer—and should be.” - San Diego Union-Tribune

“Provocative…penetrating…With ANNE FRANK, then, Prose means to remove Frank from the wistful amber of her posthumous celebrity and reveal her to us in a more realistic light.” - Los Angeles Times

“A deeply felt reappraisal of the work and its global impact.... [Prose] makes a persuasive argument for Anne Frank’s literary genius.” - New York Times Book Review

“Passionate…A sensitive, beautifully written and fascinating account of the myriad aspects of Anne Frank’s life, death and diary” - Haaretz (Israel)

“A valuable resource…useful and well-written and –researched” - Philadelphia Inquirer

“Compelling…With compassion and grace, Prose looks at Anne Frank as Anne wished to be seen: above all, as a writer.” - Christian Science Monitor

“Talented author Francine Prose approaches Anne Frank with the awe and respect of one writer for another…Prose’s research uncovers what many will be surprised to discover.” - Jerusalem Post

“Substantially researched and wide-ranging…This probing and informed book introduces readers to a far more complex and accomplished young woman than the Anne we met in our adolescence.” - Jewish Book World

“An impressively far-reaching critical work, an elegant study both edifying and entertaining...full of keen observations and fascinating disputes.” - New York Times

“Provocative.... A penetrating analysis.” - Los Angeles Times

“Prose is commanding and illuminating...definitive, deeply moving inquiry into the life of the young, imperiled artist.... Extraordinary testimony to the power of literature and compassion.” - Booklist (starred review)

“A fascinating book...riveting to read...” - Anne Roiphe, Moment Magazine

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780061430800
  • ISBN 10: 0061430803
  • Imprint: Harper Perennial
  • On Sale: 10/05/2010
  • Trimsize: 5.313 in (w) x 8.000 in (h) x 0.757 in (d)
  • Pages: 336
  • List Price: $14.99
  • BISAC1 : LITERARY CRITICISM / Jewish
  • BISAC2 : BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Literary
  • BISAC3 : LITERARY CRITICISM / Subjects & Themes / Historical Events