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."