From Teen To Teen: Thoughts From A Young Actor

"'Deep down, the young are lonelier than the old.'

"I read this in a book somewhere, and it's stuck in my mind. As far as I can tell, it's true." (Saturday, July 15, 1944)

Statements like these betray conventional perceptions of Anne Frank. The popular image that she was an optimistic light in a time of darkness is overturned and made more complex by the fact that she often wavered between moods. Upon every reading, something different, and even contradictory to previous reactions, stands out. I remember when I first read the book at age 12, what seemed most important...