The Diary of Anne Frank Criticism

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After several years in creation, in 1956 Goodrich and Hackett's adaptation, The Diary of Anne Frank, opened on Broadway to immediate critical acclaim. Brooks Atkinson, theater critic for the New York Times, called it a "lovely, tender drama" and lauded Goodrich and Hackett for treating Anne Frank's diary "with admiration and respect." He noted that creating a play out of the diary was practically "impossible" yet asserted that Goodrich and Hackett "have absorbed the story out of the diary and related it simply." New York Herald Tribune reviewer Walter Kerr saw the play in a similar manner. Goodrich and Hackett, he wrote, "have fashioned a wonderfully sensitive narrative out of the real-life legacy left us by a spirited and straightforward Jewish girl." Goodrich and Hackett won several awards for The Diary of Anne Frank, including a Tony Award for best play of the season and the Pulitzer Prize in...

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