The Diary of a Young Girl

The Diary of a Young Girl

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by Anne Frank
     
 

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For almost fifty years, Anne Frank's diary has moved millions with its testament to the human spirit's indestructibility, but readers have never seen the full text of this beloved book—until now. This new translation, performed by Winona Ryder, restores nearly one third of Anne's entries, excised by her father in previous editions, revealing her burgeoning…  See more details below

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For almost fifty years, Anne Frank's diary has moved millions with its testament to the human spirit's indestructibility, but readers have never seen the full text of this beloved book—until now. This new translation, performed by Winona Ryder, restores nearly one third of Anne's entries, excised by her father in previous editions, revealing her burgeoning sexuality, her stormy relationship with her mother, and more.

Editorial Reviews

Eleanor Roosevelt
This is one of the wisest and most moving commentaries on war and its impact on human beings that I have ever read.
New York Herald Tribune
It is a poignant, heartbreaking yet somehow heartwarming story, fresh with the dew of adolescence.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This startling new edition of Dutch Jewish teenager Anne Frank's classic diary-written in an Amsterdam warehouse, where for two years she hid from the Nazis with her family and friends-contains approximately 30% more material than the original 1947 edition. It completely revises our understanding of one of the most moving and eloquent documents of the Holocaust. The Anne we meet here is much more sarcastic, rebellious and vulnerable than the sensitive diarist beloved by millions. She rages at her mother, Edith, smolders with jealous resentment toward her sister, Margot, and unleashes acid comments at her roommates. Expanded entries provide a fuller picture of the tensions and quarrels among the eight people in hiding. Anne, who died in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in March 1945, three months before her 16th birthday, candidly discusses her awakening sexuality in entries that were omitted from the 1947 edition by her father, Otto, the only one of the eight to survive the death camps. He died in 1980. This crisp, stunning translation provides an unvarnished picture of life in the ``secret annex.'' In the end, Anne's teen angst pales beside her profound insights, her self-discovery and her unbroken faith in good triumphing over evil. Photos not seen by PW. (Mar.)
Library Journal
This new translation of Frank's famous diary includes material about her emerging sexuality and her relationship with her mother that was originally excised by Frank's father, the only family member to survive the Holocaust.
Booknews
**** A revision of this great document of WWII, considerably expanding the extraordinarily popular work originally published in 1947. A couple dozen entries have been added. Much of the '95 edition is based upon the b version written when Anne was about 15. The price suggests a very large royalty is due the Anne Frank Foundation, owner of all rights. In four months the book is in its sixth printing. Cited in BCL3. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Meyer Levin
There is anguish in the thought of how much creative power, how much creative power, how much sheer beauty of living, was cut off from genocide. But through her diary Anne goes on living. From Holland to France, to Italy, Spain. The Germans too have published her book. And now she comes to America. Surely she will be widely loved, for this wise and wonderful young girl brings back a poignant delight in the human spirit.-- Books of the Century, New York Times
From the Publisher
"The new edition reveals a new depth to Anne's  dreams, irritations, hardship, and passions…There may be no better way to commemorate the fiftieth  anniversary of the end of World War II than to  reread The Diary of a Young Girl,  a testament to an indestructivle nobility of  spirit in the face of pure  evil."—Chicago Tribune

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780385480338
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
02/28/1996
Edition description:
Definitive Edition
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
155,470
Product dimensions:
5.18(w) x 7.93(h) x 0.76(d)

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From the Introduction by Francine Prose

Every masterpiece is unique, but some are more anomalous than others. If we consider all the volumes that have appeared so far in the Everyman series, the cornerstones and classics of our cultural tradition, The Diary of Anne Frank is, we may notice, the only one to have been written by a girl between the ages of thirteen and fifteen. If it seems improbable that a person of that tender age should have produced a work not just of maturity but of genius, that improbability only increases the awe we feel, or ought to feel, in the presence of a book that possesses all the qualities we expect of great memoirs and spiritual autobiographies, and, to some extent, of great novels.

Varied and memorable characters are revealed in all their complexity and depth, summoned to life on the page complete with all their most admirable virtues and most maddening flaws, their engagingly and appallingly human quirks and contradictions. We find ourselves in the presence of a singular consciousness, a highly particular and utterly persuasive narrative voice, elastic and capacious enough to encompass the most day-to-day details of domestic life (how to peel potatoes!), incisive portrayals of the ways in which people behave under enormous stress, flights of speculative metaphysics, and passages of sophisticated inquiry into the mystery of human nature. Comparing Anne Frank's diary to the Confessions of Saint Augustine, the poet John Berryman point out that the diary allows its readers to watch the growth of a soul, the simultaneously quotidian and miraculous transformation that accompanies what Berryman termed "the conversion of a child into a person," a process that, in his view, had never been so brilliantly or even adequately described before Anne Frank tracked it in herself, and recorded it in her diary. "It took, I believe," wrote Berryman, "a special pressure forcing the child-adult conversion, and exceptional self-awareness and exceptional candour and exceptional powers of expression, to bring that strange or normal change into view."

The diary reminds us of what it is like to go through a stage of life — adolescence — that all readers past childhood have endured and still remember, or have tried to forget. It speaks to us about the universal experiences of first love, family entanglements, hope and despair, society and solitude, terror and even boredom, and at the same time it reports on an utterly specific and exceptionally ugly period in our history, an era that is receding from living memory with every second that passes. Like all great art, it reveals something about the individual hand that created it, and something about what it means to be a human being — in this case, what is require to maintain human decency and compassion in the most inhuman and dehumanizing circumstances.

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The Diary of Anne Frank is among the most widely read and taught and (for a variety of reasons, most often its delicate but clear-eyed portrayal of adolescent sexuality) most frequently censored texts in the world; translated from the original Dutch into dozens of languages, it appears on the curriculum of schools everywhere. Viewing Laurent Cantet's 2008 French film, The Class (Entre les murs), set in a high school in the suburbs of Paris, we watch a group of teenagers, nearly all of the first-generation immigrants to France, studying and discussing the diary. In 2004, a segment of the CBS series 60 Minutes reported that North Korean schoolchildren were being instructed to see themselves as Anne Frank, and George W. Bush as the modern equivalent of Hitler.

What most students learn is that Anne Frank began writing in the little book, with its checked cloth cover, soon after she received it as a gift from her parents on the occasion of her thirteenth birthday, in June 1942. Roughly a month after Anne commenced her giddy narrative of friends and boyfriends, childish allegiances and humorous experiences at school, her family went into hiding in a cramped attic (as it is often termed, though this common feature of Amsterdam canal-house construction more resembles what might be called a rear addition) above and behind the spice and pectin business her father Otto ran until the Nazi racial laws made it illegal for Otto, a Jew, to conduct any business at all.

For the next twenty-five months, until August 1944, when the Frank family was arrested and deported, first to the Westerbork transit camp and afterwards to Auschwitz, the Franks — Otto, his wife Edith, their daughters Margot and Anne — shared the "secret annex" with the Van Pels family (Hermann, Auguste, and their son Peter) and a dentist named Fritz Pfeffer. As those months wore on, Anne's vivid account of their lives in hiding developed into a very different kind of book from anything that she, newly turned thirteen, could have imagined that she would be confiding in her journal.

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Meet the Author

Anne Frank was born in 1929 in Germany. Her family moved to Amsterdam in 1933, and she died in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in 1945.

Francine Prose is the author of the novels A Changed Man and Blue Angel, which was a finalist for the National Book Award, the guide Reading Like a Writer, and Anne Frank: The Book, the Life, the Afterlife.

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The Diary of a Young Girl 4.4 out of 5 based on 2 ratings. 852 reviews.
mothman More than 1 year ago
I love this book- at times I forgot that she was as young as she was, or that she wasn't even alive anymore. I felt like I new her, and she became a great friend of mine. It seemed to me that as she got more and more used to writing, it all seemed to come to her more and more naturally. There were some discussions- as innocent as they were- that she and Peter had near the end of the book. I found parts of it a bit awkward to read, seeing as she was so young and open about them, but as a kid myself I know it is a common occurrence in conversation. But, nevertheless, it was one of the few real diaries of the Holocaust that I have come across, and is also one of the best Holocaust books I have ever read. I honestly wish they would've survived and been able to marry. Every page holds some new meaning, or some new secret worry that Anne has to hide from everyone else. And she was so truthful to her diary! She admitted her hopes and fears, and even her angers and faults. When she found her roommate had a secret stash of goods he kept from everyone, I could practically feel her outrage! She described that weird old man so well- he was such a creep! He was probably a weird old pervert, and I'm sorry that she had to room with him. I can totally get the mother-daughter fighting thing, though I probably didn't get as mad, and I can never hold a grudge. Anne was right to hold out and keep true to herself, even though it seems no one in the world is willing to do that anymore- but if you're already in hiding and being persecuted for your religion. that's the same thing as being persecuted for your beliefs! Letting go would've been like turning away from your religion, and everything that the Jews fighting for freedom stood for. In short- I really liked it, and I would recommend this to anyone, for any occasion. It was a wonderful read, and I will never, ever forget it. It's a shame she didn't live to write more, it really is. Five stars- please, please, please- go read it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"I still believe, in spite of everything, that people are really good at heart"- Anne Frank. The Diary of a Young Girl, an autobiography by Anne Frank is a wonderful, suspenseful story of her life growing up as a young Jewish girl in the Netherlands during World War II. After receiving a diary on her thirteenth birthday, Anne wrote all about her experiences and her daily living. Only three weeks after her birthday, Anne and her family, went into hiding to escape the Nazis. They faced hunger, cold nights, boredom and the other cruelties of living in confined quarters. This book was written during the Holocaust, so there is a huge worldly connection. This book is and has been quite popular among middle school students, both boys and girls, and is a book that everyone should read. The Diary of Anne Frank is a classic book and it tells the story of a young girl. I highly recommend this book to people of all ages. Anne Frank wrote her story without the intention of it being published. The detail is vivid and visuals are raw and true. Because of that, you are hooked into this thirteen year old girl's life. All in all, The Diary of Anne Frank is an amazing story of a girl, her life, and a diary that holds all her secrets. ~Grace
Guest More than 1 year ago
Oh my god, this book is so true, and real. I mean the pain, fear, and horrer that Anne explaind in this story, made me want to cry a couple of times. The fear she had of getting arrested and sent to a camp was so scary. I really reccomend this book to anyone, because anyone will enjoy it. I also would like to thank, Mr. Frank for deciding to share his daughters journal with the rest of the world, that must have been really hard for him. It taught me a lot and will teach you also if you decide to read this story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Diary of a Young Girl. That it is. Looking through some of the reviews, it seems people forget a few things. Anne was a real person. She did exist, this was her diary. Her private thoughts and feelings, and her way of coping with her situation. (No therapists!) It wasn't intended to be shared with others, and therefore was not written to be interesting to anyone but herself. Anne was a young girl, growing up in the 40's. She was just coming of age, so of course her growing intrest in her sexuality will be a topic. Also, she is stuck in a fairly small area with her family and others. There's no TV, they can't leave at all, they can't call anyone, cell phones and computers don't exist, and they don't have new books. The only things new would be any news they got from the people helping them, or maybe the radio or newspaper. So what else is there to write about day after day other than the normal goings on of the place where you live and the occupants? Most people I know would go stir crazy, and so it's little wonder that they're at each others throats often. For a young teenage girl, with little to no entertainment, being stuck with the same people day after day, she did well, and was a very good writer.....especially when you consider how people write and their lack of knowledge of proper writing now a days. It is a very good read and a good account of how life was for many of the Jews who had to go into hiding. Some had it worse, some had it better, but this was her life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Those of u who dont like it just dont you the story of what she went through. Learn more about her story then you still dont have room to criticize her. What would you be acting like if you were in hiding for two years? Yeah.
JillianR7C More than 1 year ago
Can you imagine living in fear and suspense of being found for three years? The Diary Of Anne Frank is about a young girl, Anne, who also is the author of this book. Who lives in a small town in Germany, in 1939 .The Holocaust started when Anne was 13. Since Anne and her family were Jewish, they had to go into hiding, in fear of the Nazis. After three years of sicknesses, not being allowed to talk, or go out side and having to share a room with five people. Then that day came when her and her family was captured, Anne was held in Dakhu the concentration camp, separated from her family. I recommend this book to anyone from 10 up. This is a really heartwarming memoir dealing with Anne Frank's struggles to survive. It has a little bit of everything, suspense, romance, excitement, and its suspenseful. Anne Frank uses rich vocabulary and language and it is an easy read. An aspiring true story of Anne Frank.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its amazing to read from a different point of view and you get to see what it was like back then its really a sad story but amazing
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is definitely a must-read for all of you out there who want to get a glimpse into what it was like to be a Jew during WW2 in the Nazi occupied Europe...Anne opened an incredible window for us to look into the ordeal millions of Jewish lives went through because of the attrocities carried out by Hitler and his followers...The book is very genuine and a page turner...I definitely recommend it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Being different doesnt matter it makes YOU unique!"
najaha90 More than 1 year ago
"Don't judge the book by its cover." i thought the book was going to be about the girl on the book cover and i thought "boring" but really it wasn't boring at all. I think Anne's diary made the Holocaust real to me in a way that other books haven't because she is a normal teenage girl in a lot of ways. She's growing up, she dislikes her family and "roommates" one day and adores them the next. She's dreaming about the future, love, a career, and what she really wants out of life. She was funny, she was sad, she was thoughtful, she was growing, she was intelligent, she was scared, and she was BRAVE. I remember feeling all the things she describes. If she was still alive I would like to meet her, she is very empowering. this book taught me to appreciate and be thankful of what i have. RIP Anne
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is only 29 pages long. Do not purchase if you are looking for the full version. We needed the full book but not the definitive version for my kids in school. I purchased his thinking this was the correct version and wasted my money on a 29 page abridgement.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
U go anne forget all them haters the just dont understand its a pwrsonal diary not a novel duu so yall just need to: 1.cry me a river 2.build a bridge 3.get over it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best diaries I have read. I couldn't put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is not the most touching of the Holocaust stories in my opinion, but one thing sticks out: Anne lives more than we do today locked up in that annex. Her spirit refused to be calmed. She refused to stop studying. And while she has her sad and despairing moments, she refused to be stripped of one human right: the right to feel and act on the good and bad moments. Anne is a picture of a thriving human being in the worst of times. If she had lived, the world would still have known the name of Anne Frank.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is probaly the best book someone could ever read. Sureyou have Percy Jackson or Harry Potter but this is true. It is very good book. It tals about a jewish girl who is being, like other jews targetted. ( Even though HITLER was jewish ) It shows that she never gave up on anything. She is a true inspiration.
susieyoko More than 1 year ago
Do you remember how much this book affected you when you were 12? Well it still has that power for the current girls too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Something I found very interesting about this book is that it’s not even really a book; it’s the diary of a teenage girl. I really enjoyed being able to be in the mind of a girl who needed to hide out for the longest time in an attic to save her life. You get to learn Anne’s dreams, love, hope, and all from her. You get to see what used to happen back in those times. But this does not have to be a history lesson, readers. This book goes on much more beyond just the history of it. It’s an amazing adventure that you feel as if you get to experience it with her. Although rather marvelous, this book is not for everyone. I will admit myself that I found certain times to be quite boring and rather dull. The book is also very complex, with being from that long ago, and will be challenging for some readers. With that said, I still encourage you to read the book for the enjoyment and the learning that comes with it, and have a fun time reading!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read this book in 3rd grade ( im now in 4th) anyways, this book is truly amazing..... i wouldnt be able to survive 2 years in a small space... but avnyway this is amazinng . You really should read this insteald of those fake Holocaust books. This is the REAL deal people! I love how she expresses her thoughts& feelings.... its a shame she didnt live to see this book rise in fame. Happy reading, Sophia :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was such a good book that i cried! Why would someebody do that to jews? I dont understand they are like us but just a different religion? Ugh! But you know what i love ann frank she was the bomb even though i never met her. Any ways i am going to give this book a 5 because it deserves one
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this! If you don,t know you anne frank is..., she was a young, jewish girl who lived during the 1930-40s whan Hitler was sending jews to death camps. She went into hiding and the diary is all about that. READ IT!!! It is life-changing!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a story of hope, humanity, coming of age, and man's inhumanity to man. Read the book, understand that this book was originally written by a young girl making every attempt to grow up, to live, to love, to survive, to not lose faith, to not give up, to not go crazy.... it was written for the first 20 months or so with no intent on ever even letting anyone read the diary. It wasn't until a radio broadcast suggested that letters and diaries should be saved to tell the story of the survivors and those who sadly lost their lives. Anne Frank is one of 1.6 million Jewish children under the age of 16 who died at the hands of the german/Nazi's in an effort to promote ethnic cleansing. The definitive edition adds in pages and passages that a grieving father, with the deaths of his wife and children still quite fresh chose to remove based on the sensibilities and etiquette of the day ( 1940s no cell phones no internet no computers no tvs for the most part, chaperones present, ladies wore skirts or dresses and unmarried women didn't go into boys or mens rooms unchapperoned ...it was a different time). Otto Frank chose to remove the passages that showed his beloved wife in a derogatory manner, as well as , when Anne discusses menses, and her growing love for Peter. He removed the passages where she is discussing the changes to her body as she grows from a child into a young woman. This is by far the most comprehensive and thorough edition.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anne is a true role model for us. She was a brave young girl.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was so sad, I read this after reading the play verson with my class, and I have to say that the play left out a lot. Even though there were some parts I really didn't want to hear, I can't hate the book because it's a real girl's diary, that's like a girls inner most private parts. So even though we are invading her privicacy, we are helping her live after death , just like she wanted.
brit_95 More than 1 year ago
NAME OF THE AUTHER: Anne Frank NAME OF THE ILLUSTRATOR: ANNE Frank GENRE: NON-FICTION AGE RANGE: 14 AND OLDER AWARDS: WINNER-YALSA Best Books for Young Adults Anne Frank is often remembered as the little girl who wrote, "I still believe that people are really good at heart." In spite of all her suffering and loss, Anne still has hope and never gives up. She thinks that the people who are doing all the bad stuff, despite everything, are good somewhere inside them. Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl is an extraordinary autobiography. Anne Frank is a brave heart all the way through.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read a book called A Diary of a Young Girl. This was Anne Frank's diary. I loved reading it. I coundn't put the book down. I also couldnt believe that I was reading her words. I felt like I was there with her. Well this book was about her and her family and how they went thoough rough times because they were Jewish. In her diary Anne writes how scared she was they she could be captured.Her mother, father and sister were also scared they could be captured and taken to consontration camps. Anne's mother and father were so scared so they took Anne and her sister to hide out in an old building hoping they wouldn't be found. But, they were. Anne took her diary to the consontration camp with her. Besides her and her family were split up. Anne told story's about the horrible things that happend to the other Jews. This went on for a long time. A few weeks before the camps let out Anne died.Anne's father is the one who published her diary. I really liked this book. If you enjoy reading about other peoples lives than this is the book for you.