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Anonymous asked in Arts & HumanitiesBooks & Authors · 1 decade ago

How did Eleanor Roosevelt get to write the introduction of The Diary of a Young Girl?

Was she offered? Did she hear about it and ask if she could?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    It looks like Anne Frank's father requested her to do it.

    In the many warm tributes to Barbara Zimmerman Epstein [NYR, August 10] no mention is made of one of her earliest great contributions: in 1951, the twenty-four-year-old Barbara Zimmerman, then at Doubleday, was asked to edit The Diary of Anne Frank.

    Publication in England and the United States had been a long time coming. The book first appeared in the Netherlands in 1947 with the title Het Achterhuis, meaning “The House Behind.” It was later published in France and Germany, but finding a British or American publisher had not been easy. Otto Frank, Anne Frank’s father, received numerous rejections. Carol Ann Lee, author of The Hidden Life of Otto Frank, tells us that Frank Price acquired the manuscript for Doubleday, but he had to read it twice before becoming enthusiastic.

    Ms. Zimmerman was the same age Anne would have been were she alive. This must have been a contributing factor in the close relationship that developed between her and Mr. Frank. When he told her that he would like Eleanor Roosevelt to write the introduction, Ms. Zimmerman followed up.

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