Origins and publication

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Anne Frank begins writing in her diary on June 12, 1942, the day she turns thirteen, after her father gives her a notebook for her birthday. Her last entry dates from August 1, 1944, when Anne is only fifteen years old. Until the spring of 1944, Anne writes the 195 diary entries as a personal diary.

Anne calls her diary Kitty and intends to find a true friend in her. Anne confides all her worries, fears, hopes, and feelings to Kitty. In the beginning, Anne is sure that no one will ever be interested in a thirteen-year-old girl's “musings” (1%).

In early 1944, Anne hears on the radio the request of a Dutch minister to keep documents concerning everyday wartime life so that they can be published later. Therefore, she plans to publish her own records. From then on, she revises her diary for publication, deleting some passages and rephrasing others.

Anne would like to publish a book about life in the secret annex once the war is over. Her diary is supposed to serve as a basis for this book: “In any case, after the war I’d like to publish a book called The Secret Annex. It remains to be seen whether I’ll succeed, but my diary can serve as the basis.” (88%). Over the next two months, Anne continues both her original diary, intended only as a personal diary, and the version planned for publication.

The diary remains unfinished. On August 4, 1944, Anne is arrested together with the seven other people in hiding. H...

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