The Diary Of A Young Girl: The Definitive Edition

Hardcover | February 1, 1995

byAnne FrankTranslated bySusan MassottyEditorOtto H. Frank

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The diary as Anne Frank wrote it. At last, in a  new translation, this definitive edition contains  entries about Anne's burgeoning sexuality and  confrontations with her mother that were cut from  previous editions. Anne Frank's The Diary of a  Young Girl is among the most enduring  documents of the twentieth century. Since its  publication in 1947, it has been a beloved and deeply  admired monument to the indestructible nature of the  human spirit, read by millions of people and  translated into more than fifty-five languages.  Doubleday, which published the first English translation  of the diary in 1952, now offers a new translation  that captures Anne's youthful spirit and restores  the original material omitted by Anne's father,  Otto -- approximately thirty percent of the diary.  The elder Frank excised details about Anne's  emerging sexuality, and about the often-stormy relations  between Anne and her mother. Anne Frank and her  family, fleeing the horrors of Nazi occupation  forces, hid in the back of an Amsterdam office building  for two years. This is Anne's record of that time.  She was thirteen when the family went into the  "Secret Annex," and in these pages, she grows  to be a young woman and proves to be an insightful  observer of human nature as well. A timeless story  discovered by each new generation, The  Diary of a Young Girl stands without peer.  For young readers and adults, it continues to  bring to life this young woman, who for a time  survived the worst horrors the modern world had seen -- and  who remained triumphantly and heartbreakingly  human throughout her ordeal.

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This translation of one of the most endearing documents of the 20th century captures Anne's youthful spirit and restores original material omitted by Anne's father--details about Anne's emerging sexuality and the often stormy relations between Anne and her mother. Major media attention

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The diary as Anne Frank wrote it. At last, in a  new translation, this definitive edition contains  entries about Anne's burgeoning sexuality and  confrontations with her mother that were cut from  previous editions. Anne Frank's The Diary of a  Young Girl is among the most enduring  documents of the twentieth century. Since its  publi...

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The diary as Anne Frank wrote it. At last, in a new translation, this definitive edition contains entries about Anne's burgeoning sexuality and confrontations with her mother that were cut from previous editions. Anne Frank's "The Diary of a Young Girl is among the most enduring documents of the twentieth century. Since its publication...

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 A...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 8.55 × 5.97 × 1.17 inPublished:February 1, 1995Publisher:Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible book Incredible book, very moving. Hard to believe it was written by such a young girl. I highly recommend reading this book.
Date published: 2015-11-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Connecting Through Time I was assigned this book to read for an English University class and was surprised by how much I related to Anne at that age despite our lack of common heritage, ancestry, religious belief, and circumstances. Her book truly touched me and I related to the uncertainty at that age, the complex relationships in her family in relation to her, and much more. I especially liked the forward in the book which I felt gave a great deal of context about how the narration and story of the book was constructed. I felt it was honest, loving, and heart wrenching. I am glad to have had the privilege of reading this book.
Date published: 2015-09-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome book It makes me sad to read her plans for the future because you already know what's going to happen. ]:
Date published: 2015-05-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Diary of a Young Girl Anne Frank This is an amazing book. It is an easy read, great for a tween. Just reading the preview got me hooked! I definitly think that everyone should read this book. It is one of those books where you get something new and different from it every time you read it. Overall I think that if you are wondering if you should get it, do it!
Date published: 2014-12-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Anne Frank's Diary Very interesting story
Date published: 2014-10-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Thumbs down I didn't like this book. I know the historical significance. I know Anne was a real girl in horrific circumstances. But I didn't enjoy the book and based on what we know about Anne from this book... I didn't like her. I disagree that this is a "must read".
Date published: 2014-09-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow This book was surprising. To read, one must have great patience and a slight lack of sensitivity. Herd thoughts and writings are so raw and real, yet so unreal for a teenage girl. Her diction is astonishing and put to good use in beautifully writing her thoughts. You grow so close with Anne and the ending is so abrupt and expected at the same time. I knew how it would end but one must remember that she did not know when she would die, just as we did not know. Unlike most books, Anne does not get to write her final thoughts of fear and agony, she did not have that "luxury", if you will. It really gives you the true feeling of getting so close and not making it. But in a way, she did, didn't she? She is lived on through her words and ability to educate the world on the war from her perspective. She has accomplished her dream of becoming a famous writer-journalist. If you have a strong set of morals and earn to self-educate, this book is a must read for countless reasons.
Date published: 2014-08-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Diary of Anne Frank: Lest We Forget Anne Frank. The name of the most well known victim of the Holocaust. A young, bright girl whose life was ended by a madman. And she left behind a Diary. A 13th birthday gift from her parents is what caused the Diary to come into being. Anne started writing on June 12, 1942. She poured all her thoughts, feelings, angers, and most importantly, love, into this volume. It was her. When she begins, Anne is living with her parents and older sister in Holland. Her family have been moved around and living separately for quite some time, all while trying to stay out of the way of the Nazis. Because they are Jewish, insane laws and endless harassments are something they have to endure, and Anne has to chronicle. And it gets worse and worse and worse. And it's disgusting. Shortly after she starts the Diary, her family has to go into hiding. Another family with a teenage boy, Peter, also move into the hidden annex Anne's father has set up. Some time later, a lone middle aged man also takes up residence. The annex were a set of small hidden rooms on the upper floors of Anne's fathers business. This mix of people in a small confined space, never allowed to leave, constantly watching out, causes friction and panic to spread. The pain is always. Anne is very insightful with her observations of everyone she is trapped with. Her parents strained marriage is something she understands, all while solidly siding with her beloved father. She also has a complicated relationship with her sister Margot. The next family, called the Van Pels (names changed by Anne to protect loved ones) she is scathingly disliking. Their son Peter becomes her object of obsession and love. Fritz Pfeffer, the middle aged man, clashed with Anne on a daily basis. All aspects of the daily lives are examined by Anne. What they eat, how they make it, and the ways they procure it, are all illustrated by her. The routines they must follow to avoid detection, the indignities to endure that are uncivilized to us but essential to them. Sometimes the monotony of existence wears on them, causes friction, only to be broken by the occasional visit from a friend bearing supplies, news, and welcome companionship. All this, in vivid detail, are explored in the Diary. Laced throughout is Anne's eternal venting about her mother. She can tell her mother and father do not get along and are probably incompatible, and her great love and admiration for her father is extremely clear. Disdain, dislike, loathing, are just some of the ways to describe Anne's feelings towards her mother. She has done nothing right, can do nothing right, and will do nothing right. Her mother gave birth to her and that was it. Some of her harshness can be justified by the reader, but a lot of the volatility seems excessive. What the issue really is for Anne is that she is very smart. It becomes evident from the Diary that she is full of thoughts and feelings and is very articulate in how she expresses them. Everyone else, with the exception of her father, seem dim-witted and thoroughly unintelligent. They sense this, and like jealous bullies, constantly attack her. The youngest is the smartest. And this is unacceptable. She must be put in her place. Multiple times throughout the Diary you want to reach out hug her, tell her not to worry, that she is right. The heartbreak of this situation is only outmatched by the heartbreak of the ending. Peter is one of the only outlets for her. Her attraction to him grows and grows and becomes full blown love. A previous crush from years ago cause her some angst, but it all becomes about Peter very quickly. This is the young man that she wants to share her life with. Peter becomes her main focus, which brings much gossip and consternation to the citizens of the annex. The relationship cools down before the end of the Diary, but Peter was her first love. Young girls can read those passages and know exactly what Anne is talking about. It is universal. Anne's other outlet is the Diary itself. At first, it feels strange to be reading a young girl's thoughts, almost an intrusion. But Anne wants it published after the war, in order to for the Diary to become an historical document. Her keen insights, wonderful style and deep emotions provide you with a glimpse of what might have been. Truly sad is all I can say here. When she is 15 years old, The Diary of Anne Frank stops. The last entry in this birthday gift from her parents is dated August 1, 1944. Everyone was found by the Nazis on August 4, 1944. Her father was the only survivor of the annex. Anne died in a concentration camp. Her final thoughts are unknown to us. The legacy of her love and feelings shine out from her Diary. So that this will never happen again is why Remembrance Day exists. Anne Frank should never have had to go into hiding. Anne Frank should not had died. We must always remember this. Always. Scoopriches
Date published: 2011-11-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from innocent portrayal of the Holocaust The most innocent portrayal of the Holocaust I believe to be available to the public, while reading it though I found it to be more of a young girl's diary than anything else. But, no doubt it gives a good portrayal of life in hidding during the Holocaust. For a more adult portrayal of the Holocaust from the concentration camps I recommend Survival in Auschwitz by Primo Levi.
Date published: 2010-07-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow!! this book was amazing at parts but then again got boring at others. Over all i'd probably rate it 4-5 because some parts were amazing and romantic. I would have probably run away if i was her and it's sad that she was leading a terrible life and that she was excited about her future but never got to complete it.Heartbreaking, midblowing difficult to rate and explain, it just kind of comes to you. Must-read!!
Date published: 2008-09-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Hard to rate This book was interesting o rate because it lost me at some parts because it got boring but at the same time sometimes i enjoyed it. It tals a lot about government and it has some romance.
Date published: 2008-09-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Finally read this famous book. I just finished reading this book a few minutes ago, and I’m a little hesitant to write anything about it just yet. I feel like I need to do some processing first. Part of the problem is that, with a BA in English, I am so used to reading and analyzing fiction. When you suddenly read a diary written by a girl between the ages of thirteen and fifteen, you need a completely different skill set. I suspect that if my first reading of this book had been twenty or twenty-five years ago, I would have taken it much more into my soul, instead of speeding through the “young girl blossoming into first love” parts. Perhaps I’m just getting old! Having said that, I found a lot of the book to be absolutely fascinating. The historian in me was in wonder at the first-person account of what it was like to be a Jew in Holland under the Third Reich. The writer in me was thrilled to see Anne’s writing skills blossom, and I found myself looking back to when I first began writing. Above all else, I thoroughly enjoyed her spunk and sense of optimism, and I loved how much she treasured her few glimpses of nature. One thing that I really took away from this book is how much the simple things in life matter a lot more than we give them credit for. I am glad I read this book, but, more than that, I’m glad that Anne’s father fulfilled his daughter’s wishes and had it published. The underlying thread of the entire diary is that Anne just wanted her voice to be heard, and to be understood. She felt that she would achieve immortality through her writing, and that’s exactly what has happened. How does a diary’s story end? Does it end with the life of the diarist, suffering of typhus in a concentration camp, in the most miserable circumstances imaginable? Or does it “end” with the wish fulfillment of its author: its publication, and the resulting touching of millions of people’s lives, and an understanding of the Holocaust in the hopes that it doesn’t happen again? I choose to focus on the second option, looking at this as a somewhat happy ending. I suspect Anne would, too.
Date published: 2008-08-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A must-read for anyone. Whether or not you like books about the war, this is for sure a must read. Once I started it, I couldn't put it down! The best experience as a reader was seeing how Anne matured through her life in hiding, and her honesty is touching. It also makes you appreciate the little things in life. At times, I forgot I was reading a work of non-fiction. Perhaps another good point about this book, is how eerily fitting her final entry is.
Date published: 2006-12-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from BRILLANT!!! This book was brillant!It's very touchy, sad, and moving. I am of around the same age as Anne was when she wrote the journal (14) and feel, somewhat like her in our personality. This book was extremely inspiring to me because of these similarities and I am going throught some (but not nealy as hard or as many) of the same hardships as she did. I would recomend this book to anyone! It has left me wondering more about Anne, so I am now doing a little of my on research on her and find it too very interesting, and compelling!!
Date published: 2002-03-17

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From Our Editors

This translation of one of the most endearing documents of the 20th century captures Anne's youthful spirit and restores original material omitted by Anne's father--details about Anne's emerging sexuality and the often stormy relations between Anne and her mother. Major media attention

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"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