Wednesday, October 21, 2009

ANNE FRANK-THE BOOK, THE LIFE, THE AFTERLIFE: A PREVIEW AND GIVEAWAY

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ANNE FRANK

THE BOOK, THE LIFE, THE AFTERLIFE
BY FRANCINE PROSE

In Anne Frank: The Book, the Life, the Afterlife, Francine Prose, author of Reading Like a Writer, deftly parses the artistry, ambition, and enduring influence of Anne Frank’s beloved classic, The Diary of a Young Girl. Approved by both the Anne Frank House Foundation in Amsterdam and the Anne Frank-Fonds in Basel, run by the Frank family, this work of literary criticism unravels the complex, fascinating story of the diary and effectively makes the case for it being a work of art from a precociously gifted writer.

ABOUT THE BOOK:


In June 1942, Anne Frank received a red-and-white- checked diary for her thirteenth birthday, just weeks before she and her family went into hiding in an Amsterdam attic to escape the Nazis. For two years, with ever-increasing maturity, Anne crafted a memoir that has become one of the most compelling documents of modern history. She described life in vivid, unforgettable detail, explored apparently irreconcilable views of human nature—people are good at heart but capable of unimaginable evil—and grappled with the unfolding events of World War II, until the hidden attic was raided in August 1944.

But Anne Frank's diary, argues Francine Prose, is as much a work of art as a historical record. Through close reading, she marvels at the teenage Frank's skillfully natural narrative voice, at her finely tuned dialogue and ability to turn living people into characters. And Prose addresses what few of the diary's millions of readers may know: this book is a deliberate work of art. During her last months in hiding, Anne Frank furiously revised and edited her work, crafting a piece of literature that she had hoped would be read by the public after the war.

Read it has been. Few books have been as influential for as long, and Prose thoroughly investigates the diary's unique afterlife: the obstacles and criticism Otto Frank faced in publishing his daughter's words; the controversy surrounding the diary's Broadway and film adaptations; and the claims of conspiracy theorists who have cried fraud, along with the scientific analysis that proved them wrong. Finally, Prose, a teacher herself, considers the rewards and challenges of sharing one of the world's most read, and most banned, books with students.

How has the life and death of one girl become emblematic of the lives and deaths of so many, and why do her words continue to inspire? Anne Frank: The Book, The Life, The Afterlife tells the extraordinary story of the book that became a force in the world. Along the way, Francine Prose definitively establishes that Anne Frank was not an accidental author or a casual teenaged chronicler, but a writer of prodigious talent and ambition.

How has the life and death of one girl become emblematic of the lives and deaths of so many, and why do her words continue to inspire? Anne Frank: The Book, The Life, The Afterlife tells the extraordinary story of the book that became a force in the world. Along the way, Francine Prose definitively establishes that Anne Frank was not an accidental author or a casual teenage chronicler, but a writer of prodigious talent and ambition.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:


Francine Prose is the author of many bestselling books of fiction, including A Changed Man and Blue Angel, which was a finalist for the National Book Award, and the nonfiction New York Times bestseller Reading Like a Writer. Her novel, Household Saints, was adapted for a movie by Nancy Savoca. Another novel, The Glorious Ones, has been adapted into a musical of the same name by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, which ran at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theatre at Lincoln Center in New York City in the Fall of 2007. Her latest novel, Goldengrove, was published in September 2008. She is the president of PEN American Center. She lives in New York City.

GIVEAWAY
WANT TO WIN THIS BOOK?

THANKS TO KYLE AND NICE PEOPLE
AT HARPER COLLINS PUBLISHING,
I HAVE
3 COPIES OF THIS AMAZING BOOK
TO GIVE AWAY. HERE IS WHAT YOU
NEED TO DO TO WIN A COPY!


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+1 ENTRY: COMMENT IF YOU HAVE READ ANY OTHER BOOKS ABOUT ANNE FRANK. IF YOU CAN REMEMBER, TELL THE TITLE...AND EVEN THE AUTHOR.

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ALL ENTRIES ARE DUE BY
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52 comments:

Buukluvr81 said...

I haven't been fortunate to read much about Anne Frank except a bit during high school but that wasn't really a book! I would love to win this book!!!

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A Bookshelf Monstrosity said...

Well, of course I've read the diary. Other excellent Anne Frank biographies and commentaries include:
Anne Frank Remembered by Miep Gies and
Anne Frank Beyond the Diary: A Photographic Remembrance by Ruud Van der Rol.

Please enter me for this one.

thetruebookaddict said...

I read Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl when I was about 9 or 10years old. I was very moved by her story and I think this was the first time I actually realized what the Holocaust was and how truly terrible it was for the Jewish people. It is a story that will always stay with me. Anne was a truly inspiring young girl.

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Thanks for another great contest!

Bethie said...

The only thing I have read about Anne Frank was when I was a child. We had to read Diary of Anne Frank in school. I remember it being very interesting. I can't say I enjoyed it, it was such a heart wrenching story. Enjoy is the wrong word for such a terrible thing and a awful time in history.

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thetruebookaddict said...

+1 posted on my blog in giveaway section (right sidebar)

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thetruebookaddict said...

Tweeted giveaway

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Lisa said...

This sounds fascinating. I've read the diary a couple of times but never read another book about Anne Frank.

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A Bookshelf Monstrosity said...

Posted this one on my blog: http://bookshelfmonstrosity.blogspot.com/2009/10/weekly-monstrosity-giveaway-list-1015.html

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rhapsodyinbooks said...

I have just read The Diary of Anne Frank.

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Julie P. said...

I read Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl and Anne Frank, Life in Hiding by Johanna Hurwitz. Love to win this book!

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Alyce said...

I've read The Diary of Anne Frank and I've also read Anne Frank Remembered by Miep Gies

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tanya904 said...

I have read the The Diary of Anne Frank but it was years ago. I would love to read this fascinating book Thanks
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Debbie said...

I haven't read any other books about her so this would be a treat.
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rubynreba said...

The only thing I have read is The Diary of Anne Frank. This looks so interesting!
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Kathy said...

I've read Anne Frank Remembered
by Miep Gies and the Diary of Anne Frank

Kathy said...

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Renee said...

I've read Anne Frank's Diary.. and while living in Europe, we were fortunate to be able to visit Anne Frank's house. My son (about 8 or 9yrs old) was not excited about going to some house but when he heard it had secret rooms, he got more excited.

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Jo-Jo said...

The only book that I have read about Anne Frank is the diary. I remember the day I finished reading it because we were camping and it was August 4th, which happened to be the day that they were taken away. I would love to win this book!
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Sheila said...

I have read The Diary of Anne Frank, by Anne Frank, and would love to read this book to. Please enter me.
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Sheila said...

I blogged about the giveaway here:
http://giveawayroundup.blogspot.com/2009/10/giveaways-from-wed-oct-21st.html

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holdenj said...

Of, course, I read The Diary of Anne Frank in school. But, a few years ago, I read a really fascinating bio/autobio about and co-authored by Miep Gies. She helped hide the Franks and brought them food, etc. It was very interesting to get an outside view of their confinement.
Thanks for the chance to win Prose's work.
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Diane said...

I've read The Diary of Anne Frank 2x, but I think that it it. I would love to win this book; I'm a subscriber. Thanks Karen

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Linda K said...

I read The Diary of Anne Frank when I was young

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bekki1820cb said...

I only have read The Diary of Anne Frank, but I loved it and read it many times over. For whatever reason The Holocaust is one of my favorite things to read about...and I will read anything and everything that I come across having to do with it and WWI and WWII
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Vera said...

I've read the original Anne Frank Diary and was very moved by it. I have a quite large Holocaust literature collection, and this would be a nice addition.

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Jemima said...

I was very impacted by reading The Diary of Anne Frank as a teenager (and watching the black & White movie). I am pretty sure that I read other books about her at the time, but I don't remember the titles. I would like to win this book.

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Jo-Jo said...

I blogged about the contest here.
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DarcyO said...

I haven't read much more than her diary. I'd love to read Prose's book. Thanks for the giveaway.

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DarcyO said...

Tweeted (darcy1956)

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Jolynn said...

My husbands grandfather died in a Cocentration Camp just a few days before the War ended. I actually wrote a short story called Prisioner In A Concentration Camp.
The only story that I know of Anne Frank is the Story Diary Of Anne Frank
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Anonymous said...

I read Anne Frank: The Diary of a young Girl. It was of course fascinating, as I'm sure this book is. I'd love to read it.

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Carol said...

I read The Diary of Anne Frank so many years ago. It's one of those books that makes an impression that never leaves you.

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The Girl from the Ghetto said...

I'm a huge Anne Frank fanatic and have read her original Diary of a Young Girl and the unedited version that I purchased at the Anne Frank Huis in Amersterdam in 2005. The difference between the books is amazing!

I haven't read any other books about Anne, but I'm hoping you will pick me to win, as I mention Anne Frank often on my blog ... and having over 2,000,000 hits, I can certainly promise a lot of people would be interested on my take on this book.

Feel free to check out my blog here:

www.thegirlfromtheghetto.wordpress.com

I've enjoyed your blog Bingo, and thanks for the opportunity for a chance to win.

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Mash1195 said...

I read The Story of Anne Frank when I was in elementary school, which was many years ago, and can vividly remember it. It impacted me as a child. I would enjoy reading it again.

LoveMyCoffee said...

I've read the Diary of Anne Frank, but that's about it. I would love to read this book! I would read it, then pass it along to my BFF, as she loves to read anything to do with the holocaust.

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~ Noelle said...

I read the Diary of Anne Frank in school, would love to win this! My husband and I were just talking about Anne Frank today...
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Margie said...

I have read the Diary...but no other books about her. This one sounds very interesting.

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Margie said...

For an extra entry....you asked the question in your reviewlll
How has the life and death of one girl become emblematic of the lives and deaths of so many, and why do her words continue to inspire?
I think everyone has a heartfelt attachment to a girl with so much courage.
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Jaime said...

I read Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl
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Wendy said...

What a fabulous book! I read her diary in middle school and was never the same again. Would love a chance to read more about such an inspiring young woman.

Thanks for the entry!

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Wendy said...

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Wendy said...

Through crisis, Anne Frank remained strong and optimistic and always saw the good in humanity. She remains forever as a symbol of tolerance and hope.

Nancye said...

I have read the original book "The Diary of Anne frank" when I was a child. I have also read tons of books, basically anything I can get my hands on about Anne Frank or about the Holocaust.

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Nancye said...

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Laura said...

Please enter me. Im a huge history buff and this is my kind of book.
Laura
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Nancye said...

Bonus question: What book would I like to write. I think a book written in first person/ diary form would be Hitler. I think it would be interesting to see what was going on in his evil head. (Maybe this has already been done, I'm not sure)

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Zia said...

I've read the Diary of Anne Frank. I would love to read this one.

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holdenj said...

Prose certainly did a lot of research and I recently read an article that spoke off Anne's revisions to her "diary". It is truly amazing what came to light for her father at the end of the war. This is tough, Bingo. I don't know of a work I would try to research in the same way, maybe another personal story, like an individual on the Titanic or a book of letters from a settler.
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Gwendolyn B. said...

I read The Diary of a Young Girl years ago. I don't think I've read any other book about Anne Frank. I'd love to read this one -- and I should reread her diary, too!

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Gwendolyn B. said...

Here's my Tweet: http://twitter.com/ASeaOfBooks/status/5461174853

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Jo-Jo said...

I think I would want to research a book that dealt with polygamy, possibly Cult Insanity.

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