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 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.
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."
(born June 12, 1929, Frankfurt am Main, Ger.died March 1945, Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, near Hannover) German diarist. Frank was a young Jewish girl who kept a record of the two years her family spent in hiding in Amsterdam to escape Nazi persecution. After their discovery by the Gestapo in 1944, the family was transported to concentration camps; Anne died of typhus at Bergen-Belsen. Friends searching the hiding place found her diary, which her father published as The Diary of a Young Girl (1947). Precocious in style and insight, it traces her emotional growth amid adversity and is a classic of war literature.
As a screenwriter I know how much a story changes to suit the medium it is geared to exploit. The fact that it was translated and reworked leads me to believe that the sophistication of the writing is not of her doing. All young girls keep dairies and fill them them up with insignificant drivel along the lines of what you might find on the average Facebook member pages. I have no doubt when the first publishers saw the manuscript and commented on the domestic nature of the content it prompted the rewriting in such a way as to completely negate the original pages from her actual dairy. I have written biography's and believe me we have to make up at least 50% of the content to pad out a book unless the subject had amazing recall and an exceptionally interesting life. The fact is we can't remember what we said and did last week, forget a lifetime. I very much doubt that the dairy is as authentic as we are led to believe. A 14 year old is not that erudite or capable of the kind of descriptive prose present in the book and the fact that is was overwritten and rewritten must be a clue to that reality. It has become just another part of Zionist propaganda machine designed to propagate Jewish guilt fostered on the population of the world..
hello,I have read a little about anne frank in a book I have,and liked what she did.I would like to add things like what happened at her times are a thing of the past,I would like to show my love to the gypsies who also I read went through some similar experiences.I have read very little about the gypsies or the romanies and I think they are a very good group of people.I wish Anne frank's and the gypsies story are never forgotten,though I havent read anything like Anne frank for the Gypsies.Thank you,SilviBB