There are, indeed, many pictures of Marilyn Monroe reading but I had no idea how eclectic and large her library was until I read this. It is quite amazing and shows a very serious side to the beautiful blond. Thanks to Readers + Writers Journal for posting this great article. I hope you enjoy my Sunday reblog!
She had a personal library of over 400 books. She loved James Joyce, Walt Whitman, and poet Heinrich Heine. Saul Bellow and Carl Sandburg were literary heroes. Truman Capote and Isak Dinesen were friends.
And she was married to playwright Arthur Miller.
Fragments: Poems, Intimate Notes, Letters by Marilyn Monroe, edited by Stanley Buchthal and Bernard Comment, was published in 2012 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Within we learn of Marilyn’s intellectual quest.
As Sam Kashner, writing for Vanity Fair, relates:
“Several photographs taken of Marilyn earlier in her life—the ones she especially liked—show her reading. Eve Arnold photographed her for Esquire magazine in a playground in Amagansett reading James Joyce’s Ulysses. Alfred Eisenstaedt photographed her, for Life, at home, dressed in white slacks and a black top, curled up on her sofa, reading, in…
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