- Hardcover: 272 pages
- Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap; 1st edition (1973)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0448010291
- ISBN-13: 978-0448010298
- Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 9.3 x 1.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.3 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #184,047 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Marilyn Hardcover – 1973
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Indeed, his use of language is so artful that even when he wanders off on tangents or revels too much in his own lust for his subject, the spell never wavers. "Marilyn" remains compelling throughout.
The original, pre-Taschen edition featured photographs by many artists including Richard Avedon, Bert Stern, Andre de Dienes, Milton Greene, Sam Shaw and others. There is also a full-page shot of one of her nude calendar poses. I'm not sure whether it was the grade of paper they used, the printing dyes or what, but the printing quality of this book is the best I've ever seen.Read more ›
Mailer traces Monroe rise from poverty, the struggle to find herself, through to the rocky and some times sleazy road to stardom. As always with Mailer one gets his take on what the symbol of Marilyn meant to my parents' generation, and, let us face it, especially men. His portrayal does not evoke his preferred hipster, beat personality but its counterpoint in the 1950's the heyday of Marilyn's fame. Mailer also goes through Marilyn various affairs with men particularly the doomed marriage to the playwright Arthur Miller. Finally he gives some very interesting details on the behind the scenes drama in the creation of many of her well-known films. Marilyn, while she was alive, never drew my eye for the reasons that Joni Mitchell did.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The photographs are remarkable but Norman Mailer's writing is pompous and overly wordy. Not a book I can get through, but interesting to flip in and out to learn more about this... Read morePublished 8 days ago by familycottage
This book is a moving tribute to a sensitive and often misunderstood actress. The colored photos are absolutely stunning. Read morePublished 22 days ago by SB-9
Marilyn is listed as paperback. I rec'd "large" coffee table edition. Not what I expected for "paperback." Returned item.Published 5 months ago by Sam (Portland, OR)
This was probably the first hardcover biography of Marilyn Monroe that I ever read and obtained for my own library, some 30 years ago. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Joseph A. Admire
The book was only slightly scruffed up (as noted), but overall, in great condition. I am very happy with the purchase!!Published 7 months ago by Rose M. Brandt
A first-class biography for perhaps one of the greatest film stars of the 20th Century. You just have to past the silliness of the first few chapters and once Mailer gets into the... Read morePublished 11 months ago by WKE