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Fragments : poems, intimate notes, letters

Author: Marilyn Monroe; Stanley F Buchthal; Bernard Comment
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2010.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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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 actrress 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,  Read more...
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Named Person: Marilyn Monroe; Marilyn Monroe
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Marilyn Monroe; Stanley F Buchthal; Bernard Comment
ISBN: 9780374158354 0374158355
OCLC Number: 613431940
Description: x, 239 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 27 cm.
Responsibility: Marilyn Monroe ; edited by Stanley Buchthal and Bernard Comment.

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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 actrress 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.

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