Anne Frank: The Book, the Life, the Afterlife


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Harper Perennial
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5.3 X 7.82 X 0.85 inches | 0.57 pounds
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About the Author

Francine Prose is the author of twenty-one works of fiction including, the highly acclaimed Mister Monkey; the New York Times bestseller Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932; A Changed Man, which won the Dayton Literary Peace Prize; and Blue Angel, which was a finalist for the National Book Award. Her works of nonfiction include the highly praised Anne Frank: The Book, The Life, The Afterlife, and the New York Times bestseller Reading Like a Writer, which has become a classic. The recipient of numerous grants and honors, including a Guggenheim and a Fulbright, a Director's Fellow at the Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library, Prose is a former president of PEN American Center, and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She is a Distinguished Writer in Residence at Bard College.


"Passionate...A sensitive, beautifully written and fascinating account of the myriad aspects of Anne Frank's life, death and diary"--Haaretz (Israel)
"Illuminating...A compelling story...Francine Prose explains some of the many sides of this remarkable story."--Washington Post
"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
"A fascinating book...riveting to read..."--Anne Roiphe, Moment Magazine
"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
"Provocative.... A penetrating analysis."--Los Angeles Times
"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
"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
"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
"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
"Compelling...With compassion and grace, Prose looks at Anne Frank as Anne wished to be seen: above all, as a writer."--Christian Science Monitor
"A valuable resource...useful and well-written and -researched"--Philadelphia Inquirer
"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
"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
"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
"An impressively far-reaching critical work, an elegant study both edifying and entertaining...full of keen observations and fascinating disputes."--New York 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)