Fragments

Fragments

Poems, Intimate Notes, Letters

Book - 2010
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Marilyn Monroe's image is so universal that we can't help but believe that we know all there is to know of her. Every word and gesture made headlines and garnered controversy. Her serious gifts as an actor were sometimes eclipsed by her notoriety, and the way the camera fell helplessly in love with her. But what of the other Marilyn? Beyond the headlines, and the too familiar stories of heartbreak and desolation, was a woman far more curious, searching, and hopeful than the one the world got to know. Even as Hollywood studios tried to mold and suppress her, Marilyn never lost her insight, her passion, and her humor. To confront the mounting difficulties of her life, she wrote. Now, for the first time, we can meet this private Marilyn and get to know her in a way we never have before. This work is a collection of written artifacts, notes to herself, letters, even poems, in Marilyn's own handwriting, never before published, along with rarely seen intimate photos. These bits of text, jotted in notebooks, typed on paper, or written on hotel letterhead, reveal a woman who loved deeply and strove to perfect her craft. They show a Marilyn Monroe unsparing in her analysis of her own life, but also playful, funny, and impossibly charming. The easy grace and deceptive lightness that made her performances so memorable emerge on the page, as does the simmering tragedy that made her last appearances so heartbreaking. This work is one that will redefine one of the greatest stars of the twentieth century and which, nearly fifty years after her death, will definitively reveal Marilyn Monroe's humanity.
Publisher: New York : Farrar Straus & Giroux, 2010
ISBN: 9780374158354
0374158355
Branch Call Number: 791.43028 M757f 2010
Characteristics: x, 239 p. : ill. ; 27 cm

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Mo18_0 Jun 30, 2014

Very interesting book, amazing to see all these letters and notes written by the star herself.

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Apr 09, 2013

What I really loved about this book was the letter she wrote to the Strausbergs while she was in the psychiatric ward. Documentaries often portray that time as her being mentally unstable, yet the letter she dictated to her secretary is anything but.

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