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Anne Frank was a 'literary artist'

2nd October 2009

Historian Francine Prose claims that holocaust victim Anne Frank was a brilliant writer who was aware her work would be published - something which spurred her on to develop her own distinctive style.

Speaking to Jweekly.com, the author, who has just penned her own analysis of Anne's work entitled Anne Frank: The Book, the Life, the Afterlife, said the Jewish teenager was a 'conscious literary artist'.

Prose added that while her new book is not the first work to tackle the subject matter of Anne's diary, it is the first to look closely at her writing style.

She told the website: 'No one actually sat down with the book and asked what are the literary techniques she uses and why are they so effective.'

Prose added that her original intention was to shine a light on the sophistication of Anne's writing, but when she realised that the teenager was aware of the impact her work could have on the world, she reset her goals and the book started heading in a different direction.

Last week, the only known footage of Anne was published on YouTube.

The film shows the 12-year-old leaning out of the window of an Amsterdam apartment during World War II.

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