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 Franks 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 Franks 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.