Anne Frank: The Book, the Life, the Afterlife by Francine Prose
Anne Frank: The Book, the Life, the Afterlife
By Francine Prose
336 pages; Harper


Prodigiously talented, ambitious, curious, loving, sharp-tongued, stylish, theatrical, boy-crazy: This is the girl, on the cusp of womanhood and artistic maturity, who emerges from O contributor Francine Prose 's Anne Frank: The Book, the Life, the Afterlife . Since the 1947 publication of her diary, written and painstakingly revised in the secret annex where she and her family tried (and ultimately failed) to elude the Nazi death machine, Anne Frank has been the iconic face of the Holocaust. Prose takes the 21st-century reader deep inside Anne's annex and invaded city, into the minds of those who have since laid claim to her legend, and into the heart of this committed young writer whose creative spirit lives on.

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