Press Release: Diary of a Young Girl
The Definitive Edition
Introduced by Eva Hoffman
Translated by Susan Massotty
Edited by Otto H. Frank and Mirjam Pressler
Preface by Elie Wiesel
‘One of the most moving stories that anyone, anywhere,
has managed to tell about World War II’
For more than two years, the Frank and the Van Pels families lived like ghosts in a secret annexe at the back of an office building in Amsterdam. The diary Anne Frank kept of her time in hiding still captivates the world.
For its spirit of youth, humanity and optimism and for its symbolism of the tragedy of millions, The Diary of a Young GirlM is one of the 20th century’s most powerful books. With a binding that replicates Anne’s original diary and featuring personal family photographs, this new edition restores the text to the fullest and definitive version.
A ‘great source of comfort and support’, Anne’s diary was her only true confidant; in which she mused on life, love, books, the trials of adolescence and her ambitions to become a writer. She documents the stresses and strains of close confinement in the Secret Annexe, how the daylight hours were passed in near-silence; how in the relative freedom of the evenings their company would huddle around the wireless for news of the war, take baths, and receive visits from trusted ‘helpers’.
Anne is at times as precocious and self-absorbed as any ordinary teenager, at others frighteningly perceptive about the perils of her family’s situation – ‘Terrible things are happening outside.’ They were finally discovered by the Nazis. Anne Frank died of typhus at the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in March 1945, a few months shy of her 16th birthday.
Quarter-bound in buckram printed with the fabric design of the original diary. Set in Walbaum. 320 pages. Frontispiece, 12 pages of black & white plates, floor plan. Printed endpapers. Slipcase with printed label. 8½˝ x 7˝.
UK £34.95 Aus $69.95
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