Ilana Kurshan works in the editorial department at Alfred A. Knopf in New York.
As I recorded in my own diary years ago. I met Anne Frank along with another Anne, Anne of Green Gables. Anne Frank inspired me with her will to live and her faith in humanity; Anne of Green Gables, with her imagination and spunk. And while the dangerous, secluded world of the Secret Annex was a far cry from the orchards and cupboards of Green Gables, both Annes became my friends and heroines: I admired their earnest desire to do good, and I laughed each time they got into trouble in spite of themselves. I share with them my romantic ideals, my passion for words, and my commitment to chronicling experience. Even now, over 15 years later, the Annes are with me still.