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Marilyn Monroe Paperback – August 22, 1993

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 270 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press; Reprint edition (August 22, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0306805421
  • ISBN-13: 978-0306805424
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 5.8 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,820,145 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

This critical appreciation of Monroe the actress spans her early years as a cover girl and her later work as a Method actress.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

Rollyson's book has been praised by Maurice Zolotow, Fred Lawrence Guiles, and others who have already published books on Monroe. Rollyson acknowledges these books but says that "none of them treats movies as events in the biography of a working actress, events that might fill in the gaps in her identity." While he does concentrate more than other authors on Monroe's acting methods, Rollyson too often writes in purple prose, e.g., "She is a figure of shadow and light, a delicately poised dark impenetrable body, more nearly a part of the photographic medium than she had ever been before. . . ." Much of the book is straightforward biography, which is better handled by Anthony Summers in Goddess ( LJ 9/15/85). An earnest but nonessential addition to the many Monroe books. John Smothers, Monmouth Cty. Lib., Freehold, N.J.
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

More About the Author

Carl Rollyson, Professor of Journalism at Baruch College, The City University of New York, has published more than forty books ranging in subject matter from biographies of Marilyn Monroe, Lillian Hellman, Martha Gellhorn, Norman Mailer, Rebecca West, Susan Sontag, and Jill Craigie to studies of American culture, genealogy, children's biography, film, and literary criticism. He has authored more than 500 articles on American and European literature and history. His work has been reviewed in newspapers such as The New York Times and the London Sunday Telegraph and in journals such as American Literature and the Dictionary of Literary Biography. For four years (2003-2007) he wrote a weekly column, "On Biography," for The New York Sun and was President of the Rebecca West Society (2003-2007). His play, THAT WOMAN: REBECCA WEST REMEMBERS, has been produced at Theatresource in New York City. Amy Lowell Anew: A Biography (awarded a "We the People" NEH grant) will be published in August 2013. . "Hollywood Enigma: Dana Andrews, a biography of Dana Andrews was published in September 2012 by University Press of Mississippi. His biography, "American Isis: The Life and Death of Sylvia Plath" was published in February 2013, the fiftieth anniversary of her death. His reviews of biography appear regularly in The Wall Street Journal, The Minneapolis Star Tribune, The Raleigh News & Observer, The Kansas City Star, and The New Criterion. He is currently advisory editor for the Hollywood Legends series published by the University Press of Mississippi. He welcomes queries from those interested in contributing to the series. Read his column, "Biographology," and his blog on
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 7, 2000
Format: Paperback
As mentioned by the author, there have been a significant number books that have been written about the acting performances of Miss Monroe; however, Mr. Rollyson's book is written in depth and with candor regarding her method of study and acting. I found that there was a thorough analysis of her films, not just a brief overview. This is one book that should be found in every Monroe afficionado's library, especially those who are truly interested in her acting style and method. A very interesting and enjoyable read.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Marilyn Mercury on February 26, 2007
Format: Paperback
there is not much i can say about this book, that seems to be the case when something is of high excellence. this book explains mm's methods of acting, and how she'd prepare for her roles. it also does so while giving info where she was in her life. so that makes it unboring. i couldn't put the book down. i read it and i am going to read it again. as an aspiring actress, it has become my bible, so to speak. the author has obviously researched extremely and he is commended. it is written very intelligently and concise. i think this is an excellent book for someone who wants to mimic MM like an impersonator. i also liked the texture of the book and paper. it seems mr. rollyson wrote a review (hi!!) saying there has been more info since his writing of this book. i hope he writes another one, a 2nd one. i will be the first to buy it! thank you for your excellent, helpful book. (i knew, like 99% of the world, that there was something extremely special and unique about MM's acting and you have described about it) :- )
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