In his Don't Know Much blog, Kenneth C. Davis reminds us that today would have been Anne Frank's 80th birthday. Most of us can remember reading Anne's The Diary of a Young Girl--and it continues to be a beloved classic. In fact, few books have as influential--but--perhaps--it's time to take a closer look at Anne's life and work.
Francine Prose's Anne Frank: The Book, The Life, The Afterlife will publish in October. As she told us in Reading Like a Writer, Francine is an advocate of close reading--and she gives teachers and students a new way to look at The Diary of a Young Girl: Francine argues that the diary is as much a work of art as a historical record. It is a deliberate work of art. During her last months in hiding, Anne furiously revised and edited her work, crafting a piece of literature that she hoped would be published after the war.
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