The Diary of Anne Frank at a Glance
"It’s a wonder I haven’t abandoned all my ideals, they seem so absurd and impractical. Yet I cling to them because I still believe, in spite of everything, that people are truly good at heart. It’s utterly impossible for me to build my life on a foundation of chaos, suffering and death. I see the world being slowly transformed into a wilderness, I hear the approaching thunder that, one day, will destroy us too, I feel the suffering of millions. And yet, when I look up at the sky, I somehow feel that everything will change for the better, that this cruelty too shall end, that peace and tranquility will return once more."
- Anne Frank, July 15, 1944
About the Author:
Goodrich & Hackett began their enormously successful and remarkably prolific collaboration in 1928, a partnership that lasted 34 years. Writing the stage version of The Diary of Anne Frank was the achievement of which both Goodrich and Hackett were most proud. The job of adapting the diary had originally been offered to Lillian Hellman, who turned it down, saying that if she wrote the play “It would run one night because it would be deeply depressing.” She, in turn, recommended Goodrich and Hackett because they possessed a “lighter touch.” It took the couple two years and eight rewrites before they came up with a draft which pleased Otto Frank, Anne’s father. The original Broadway production received the 1956 Tony Award for Best Play, and the script received the 1956 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Goodrich and Hackett also adapted the play for the screen in 1959. " Frances Goodrich & Albert Hackett Biography." Frances Goodrich & Albert Hackett. Writers Theatre. Web. 27 May 2016.
During her family's time in the Annex, Anne kept a diary of what daily life was like. Though the group was eventually discovered, arrested, and sent to concentration camps, a friend of Otto Frank's kept the diary safe. After the war, Anne's father, the only person in the hideout to survive the camps, returned to his family's hiding place and was given the diary. The finished play was based on Anne's diary, and the drama The Diary of Anne Frank debuted in 1955 at the Cort Theater on Broadway. Shmoop Editorial Team. "The Diary of Anne Frank (play)." Shmoop.com. Shmoop University, Inc., 2008. Web. 27 May 2016.