London: Constellation Books, 1952. First English language edition. A Fine copy of the book in Very Good dust jacket. Dust jacket with long tears up the rear flap fold and rear spine joint, some associated creasing (now professionally closed to prevent further loss). Small chip at the top of the spine. A book that rarely turns up in collectible condition.
"Anne Frank didn't just keep a diary. She also wrote tales and planned to publish a book about her time in the Secret Annex. After the war, Otto Frank fulfilled her wish. Since then, Anne Frank's diary has been translated into more than 70 languages" (Anne Frank House). The present is the first appearance of her diary in English, and it introduced Britian and the U.S. to a young woman of imagination and strength, who was a keen observer of human experience and who, despite the evils unfolding around her continued to believe in human kindness. In one entry she writes, "I don't believe that the big men, the politicians and the capitalists alone, are guilty of the war. Oh no, the little man is just as guilty, otherwise the peoples of the world would have risen in revolt long ago! There's in people simply an urge to destroy, and urge to kill...until all mankind undergoes a great change, wars will be waged." Indeed, she and her family were victims of that war, hiding away in the attic of her father's business until their discovery and deportation to death camps. Yet the most famous of her lines continues to define her contributions to literature and history: "I keep my ideals because in spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart." Despite the passage of time, or perhaps because of it, Anne's diary stands out as "something new, a different way of understanding the horrors of the Holocaust. The resulting diary is one of the most moving stories that anyone, anywhere has managed to tell about World War II" (Time). Fine in Very Good dust jacket. (Item #2874)