Friday, June 12, 2015

Birthday: Anne Frank (1929-1945)

We are lucky not only to have Anne Frank's diary, but also in the fact that she was more than just a witness to history (although as such, she is of course one of the most important ever). Frank was an ambitious and greatly gifted young writer who develops impressively over the course of the two years she wrote the diary. As Francine Prose aptly says, "The diary is beautifully orchestrated — the way she alternates dramatic scenes with reflections, the incredibly vivid characterizations of the eight people, how each one handles the problem of how to take a bath or peel potatoes. Her naturalness of tone, the sense of spontaneity, it's very hard to do. She was an artist, that's the bottom line."

Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl

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