Francine Prose talks about Anne Frank: The Book, the Life, the Afterlife. With the understanding one great writer has for another, Prose deftly parses the artistry, ambition, and enduring influence of the text millions have come to know as The Diary of a Young Girl.
Prose is the author of Blue Angel.
Francine Prose is the author of stories, reviews, essays, and numerous award-winning works including the novels A Changed Man; Blue Angel, which was a finalist for the 2000 National Book Award; and Lovers at the Chameleon Club;and the nonfiction books Anne Frank: The Book, The Life, The Afterlife and Reading Like A Writer. The recipient of Guggenheim and Fulbright fellowships, two NEA grants, and a PEN translation prize, she has taught at Harvard, Sarah Lawrence, and the Iowa Writers' Workshop, and currently teaches at Bard College. In 2009, she was elected to the Academy of Arts & Letters.
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Author Francine Prose chronicles the arduous path that Anne Frank's diary traveled to get published in the United States. "The book was turned down everywhere," says Prose, because it was criticized as being "boring" and "domestic."