Poems, Intimate Notes, Letters

Book - 2010
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Provides excerpts and facsimiles of the most personal papers of Marilyn Monroe, the woman who captivated a nation during her all-too-short life.

McMillan Palgrave

Fragments is an event--an unforgettable book that will redefine one of the greatest icons of the twentieth century and that, nearly fifty years after her death, will definitively reveal Marilyn Monroe's humanity.

Marilyn's image is so universal that we can't help but believe 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 by the way the camera fell helplessly in love with her.

Beyond the headlines--and the too-familiar stories of heartbreak and desolation--was a woman far more curious, searching, witty, and hopeful than the one the world got to know. Now, for the first time, readers can meet the private Marilyn and understand her in a way we never have before. Fragments is an unprecedented collection of written artifacts--notes to herself, letters, even poems--in Marilyn's own handwriting, never before published, along with rarely seen intimate photos.

Jotted in notebooks, typed on paper, or written on hotel letterhead, these texts 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 indelible emerge on the page, as does the simmering tragedy that made her last appearances so affecting.

& Taylor

Provides excerpts and facsimiles of the most personal papers of Marilyn Monroe, revealing a curious, searching, and hopeful woman who wanted to perfect her craft and was unsparing in her analysis of her own life.

Publisher: New York : Farrar Straus & Giroux, c2010
ISBN: 9780374158354
Branch Call Number: 791.43028 M757Z, M757f
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.

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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