A Revealing Look at an Ambitious Young Writer With John Felstiner. We remember Anne Frank’s diary as a heartbreaking look into a private life tragically cut short. But Francine Prose argues that Anne Frank’s book was intended for the public, and if history had been different, would likely have been the first of many in the young author’s career. With the understanding one great writer has for another, Prose deftly parses the artistry and enduring influence of The Diary of a Young Girl. Discover a side of Anne Frank you might not have known: the ambitious writer tirelessly perfecting her craft. John Felstiner is a Stanford professor and author of Can Poetry Save the Earth? and Paul Celan.