The Diary of a Young Girl (Unicorn) Paperback – 1 Dec 1960
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In time, I would learn more, much more. As the "The Critical Edition" shows there is in fact not one diary but several as Anne rethought and revised her own work. "The Critical Edition" places the various revisions side by side so readers can gain an insight into how Anne constructed her work. There is genius in Anne's work but it didn't always come in the first draft. As inspiration to us mortals, she too, had to work at it.
"The Critical Edition" has an especially fascinating account of the publishing history of the diary. Anne's father was the key to publication and it would be some time before he could come to terms with Anne's incredibly honest account of her developing sexuality and those raw comments on her mother, Edith. Publication also came at a time when people's minds were barely coping with understanding World War II and its legacy. For the first time, "The Critical Edition" highlights the difficulties with translating Anne's diary into German and how, for some, it had come too soon and too fast after the great conflict. Yet, for others, the diary was too good to be the work of - in Anne's words - an "incurable chatterbox". Again, this scholarly (and lengthy) work reveals the outcome of analysis that proves the diary's authenticity.
For the reader there is the danger that the light shed on Anne's life and work by this book will lower her from the enormous pedestal she has arisen. In fact, Anne's spirit emerges even stronger. "The Diary of Anne Frank: the Critical Edition" enhances Anne's irrevocable message that freedom and good can reign over a corrupt and evil world.
While in hiding, Anne heard on a radio broadcast that after the war the Dutch government wanted to collect memoirs and diaries of citizens' wartime experiences. Anne decided to start a revision of her diary, clarifying certain passages and adding in more detail, while deleting items that she deemed unimportant or too personal (Anne wrote very candidly about her own sexuality). The critical edition of her diary includes Anne's first diary, her revisions, and the final, published version.
In addition, this volume contains exhaustively researched sections on the arrest and betrayal of the members of the "Secret Annex," the publishing history of the diary, an account of the creation of the play version, a chronicle of the attacks made on the diary's authenticity, and an incredibly meticulous handwriting analysis comparing letters known to have been written by Anne with excerpts from the diary itself.
I first read "The Diary of Anne Frank" when I was thirteen years old. I reread it about every three or four years and it speaks to me on a new level every time. It has become my all-time favorite book. With this beautiful edition, I am once again disovering this amazing document and this remarkable child.
Anne did write alot about her friends, sexual feeelings, and fighting between her and her mother. The second one is missing,so she did finish the rewrite on loose sheet which is version B that the dated from December 7, 1942 to December 22, 1943. The last page of the rewrite on loose sheet on March 29,1994 about listening the radio broadcasting the Duth Exile from london that collected the daries and letters that people want to read then after the war. Anne did all the rewrite, but she never finished sadly, on August 4, 1944 the day of the arrest the nazi interupted her. She is a great writer of all times. I'm very obessed Anne Frank, because she is so smart!.
Anyone want to about Anne's life was Melissa Muller's Biography "Anne Frank" This is a great book!