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The Diary of a Young Girl has sold over 30 million copies worldwide. It has been translated into 67 languages and is one of the most important, moving and impactful books of the 20th century. However, there is no consensus about where it fits in the literary scheme. Some call the book a “testimonial,” others “a diary” or even a “war document.” The answer to the book’s classification lies not in its prose, but in its author.
On the eve of Holocaust Memorial Day, Francine Prose discusses her book Anne Frank: The Book, the Life, the Afterlife. Ms. Prose uses extensive research and anecdotes from Anne Frank’s life to make a compelling case for literary recognition. A portrait of a young artist stepping into her talent emerges, along with overwhelming reasons for finally calling The Diary of a Young Girl literature.
Francine Prose writes novels, nonfiction books and short stories. She is a former president of the PEN American Center and a visiting Professor of Literature at Bard College. Ms. Prose has won numerous literary awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship.