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André de Dienes: Marilyn, 2 Vol. Hardcover – April 1, 2011

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California-native Steve Crist's TASCHEN titles include André de Dienes's Marilyn, William Claxton's Steve McQueen, and The Polaroid Book.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 848 pages
  • Publisher: Taschen; Slp edition (April 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3836527103
  • ISBN-13: 978-3836527101
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 7.2 x 3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,077,829 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
I've got copy 4066 of this sumptuous (and reassuringly?) expensive package and I thought this review should really detail what you'll get for your money.

ONE: An oversize Kodak color film box, nineteen inches high by sixteen wide and three deep, this is a big facsimile of the box that De Dienes kept some of his Marilyn prints in. The package weighs twelve pounds and will hardly fit any bookcase. The inside has recesses for the two books and one booklet. Black silk tape allows for easy access of the contents.

TWO: A large, beautifully designed and printed, 240 page book of Marilyn photos printed on thick paper. Although the printing screen is not the highest (150 dpi) the photos leap off the page, especially the full-page color ones. Many of these photos seem to be very private shots of Marilyn that De Dienes took during her career (a few show her with other people, a hairdresser and bookseller). Several at the back of the book show Marilyn's face montaged into clouds or surrounded by celestial bodies. Between the photos, printed in silver ink and in a large typewriter font, there are excepts from De Dienes memoirs. Also printed in silver are smaller photos with his hand-written captions.

THREE: A booklet with twenty-four, one to a page, magazine covers featuring De Dienes photos of Marilyn. Seventeen of them are European titles. Predictably, great photos are weakened by logos, cover lines and generally poor cropping. I thought this booklet was rather disappointing in its production.

FOUR: The 608 page facsimile of De Dienes manuscript and composite book. I think this is the most fascinating item in the box because of the production problems.
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Format: Hardcover
When I opened this box on Christmas morning, I felt like the luckiest girl in the world. A recent convert to Marilyn-ism, this was one of the first books about her I owned, and I'm so glad, because I think it's important to know Norma Jeane before you know Marilyn. These huge, glorious photographs taken by Andre de Dienes capture her innocence and natural beauty at a time when she was an unknown model. De Dienes' memoirs are touching and reveal Norma Jeane as she was to him, a man who fell in love with her, as so many would in the future. After paging through these books, you are left to feel as though Norma Jeane Dougherty would never look quite as beautiful again (and of course she would, but not in the same way). Revealing Marilyn Monroe at her earliest beginnings, this limited edition package is definitely worth the money.
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By A Customer on October 7, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This book by Andre de Dienes is the most amazing title ever assembled on Marilyn Monore. ANY fan of Marilyn's will find this book worth every dollar. The design and reproductions are amazing! The diaries are a wonderful read! ...
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Format: Hardcover
After debating the purchase for years, I finally decided to buy this book. I couldn't be happier! :)))) This book set is really really great & I absolutely LOVE it.

Even after reading the measurements & other reviews about its size, I still had NO IDEA how large it really was..... It's nearly 2 FEET TALL and almost as wide!!! Not to mention the 15 pounds it weighs! Knowing that I was still shocked pulling it out of the packaging! (You should really get a ruler so you get the full effect of how large it is)

The large book is fantastic. It has some of the most beautiful pictures of Norma Jeane that you will ever see. (I especially adore the ones where she's makeup free) The youthfulness and charm she exudes in these photos really give you a feeling of genuine happiness which can be hard to find in her later years. Not only are the photos top shelf but Andre's writings give insight to not just his & Marilyn's lives but also to the era. The book itself is also well bound and put together, with an imprint on the first page saying the book number (Mine is 5001/20000) & the place/ time it was created. Truly wonderful.

The second book is just as amazing. It's essentially Andre's journal from the time he met Norma Jean- on. It's fascinating to read the stories of how they met and the impact that they had in each others lives. There are also many great pictures and hand written notes that give a rare glimpse into her life before she was the blonde bombshell we all came to love. The book is also very thick. (600+ pages) The slight downside of this book is the thinness of the pages. You can see through some of them, but never bad enough to make it unreadable.

The last is a magazine with the 25 or so covers that Marilyn has graced.
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By A Customer on October 22, 2002
Format: Hardcover
For the Marilyn fan, this is a great book. The photographs reproduced in the large book are magnificent. The large book is difficult to read with silver ink on white paper, but it is cleaned up excerpts from the smaller facsimile typed recollections of De Dienes. It is heavy, thus a sturdy coffee table is required.
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Andre de Dienes has taken some of the most precious photographs of Marilyn Monroe that there are. If you know that, or are a big Marilyn Monroe fan, know this: they are not all here, not even close. However, it's one of the nicer books for the collector. I am disappointed because they've altered some photos, ie, placed the image of her head in the sky, etc., where I would have preferred to see the original photo instead. I am hoping for a more complete, color photo book of his work at some point, but this is definitely worth getting.
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