Fragments by Marilyn Monroe
Poems, Intimate Notes, Letters

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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.


About Marilyn Monroe

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Marilyn Monroe was the defining actress of her age. Born in Los Angeles in 1926, Monroe first gained notice for small but memorable roles in The Asphalt Jungle and All About Eve in 1950. Over the next decade, she starred in numerous films, including Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Some Like It Hot, How to Marry a Millionaire, and The Seven Year Itch. Acclaimed for these and many other performances, Monroe also studied with Lee Strasberg at the Actors Studio. She died in 1962.
Published October 12, 2010 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 256 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Collections of Marilyn Monroe’s private documents and of letters Jackie Kennedy received after her husband’s assassination.

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New York Journal of Books

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Of Marilyn Monroe, Karen Blixen, who achieved fame under the pen name of Isak Dinesen, wrote, “I think Marilyn is bound to make an almost overwhelming impression on the people who meet her for the first time.

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Los Angeles Times

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Her formal education was brief and catch-as-catch-can, but she became a devoted reader of serious literature — everything from Joyce's "Ulysses" to Heinrich Heine's poetry — and had a firm belief in the restorative power of psychoanalysis, though it has never been clear who among her several shri...

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Tampa Bay Times

Almost half a century after her death, Marilyn Monroe has turned from star to myth — so much so that even her ephemera continue to fascinate.

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The Daily Beast

There are many allusions to her “sensitivity” throughout, almost as though it were a separate entity that needed to be protected: “The sensitivy is so strong,” she writes, “—much deeper and stronger than that/ of Susie’s./ In fact, the sensitivity is so full and so strong it is dangerous.” Monroe...

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For decades ardent fans of Marilyn Monroe, old and young, have wanted to read her personal writings since Marilyn spoke so highly of her love for reading and writing.

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No actress ever lit up the screen with a presence as luminous as that of Marilyn Monroe.

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