Released next year when Frank would have turned 90, The Collected Works will contain everything she wrote including both versions of the famous diary
Bloomsbury Continuum has World English rights, bought from Marc Koralnik at the Liepman Literary Agency, Zurich, representing the Anne Frank Fonds, Basle, Switzerland.
The publication of the collected works to mark Frank's 90th birthay is supported by the Anne Frank Fonds, the organisation set up by Otto Frank to act as guardian of Frank’s work and legacy.
The Collected Works brings together for the first time Anne Frank’s complete writings, together with significant photographs and documents. It will include each of the versions of Anne’s world-famous diary including the 'A' and 'B' diaries (Frank’s original text and her edited version) now in continuous, readable form, and the definitive reader’s text (Version D) edited by Mirjam Pressler.
For the first time readers also have access to Anne’s unpublished letters, her personal reminiscences, daydreams, essays and notebook of favourite quotes all in one place. Also included are background essays by scholars and historians on topics such as Anne Frank’s Life, The History of the Frank Family and The Publication History of Anne Frank’s diary, as well as numerous photographs of the Franks.
Jamie Birkett, editor, said: "We feel privileged to have the opportunity to work with the Anne Frank Fonds in Switzerland to publish this landmark book containing everything Anne Frank ever wrote. It’s hard to believe that Anne Frank would have been celebrating her 90th birthday next year; this collection will be essential for anyone who has read and loved her diary as well as those who study the Second World War and the Holocaust. It’s a fitting tribute to a short life and a disproportionally large body of work, one that has resonated with so many people since the diary was first published in the Netherlands in 1947."
John D. Goldsmith, president of the Anne Frank Fonds, said: "The AFF is delighted to be cooperating with Bloomsbury for the publication of this first edition of Anne Frank’s collected works in English. This volume shows the remarkable range of her literary talents. It is made all the more poignant by the fact that her young life was cut short in such a brutal and tragic manner."