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Marilyn : A Biography

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'Genius' The New York Times In 1973, Norman Mailer published Marilyn, his celebrated in-depth account of the life of Marilyn Monroe, as a glossy, fully illustrated coffee-table tome. His work was immediately acclaimed - and an enduring bestseller, rumoured to have sold more copies than any of his other works except The Naked and the Dead. Yet, until now, it has never been made available in an accessible mass-market paperback edition. This is one of America's greatest writers taking on the legend of one of Hollywood's greatest stars.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 126 x 198 x 21mm | 229g
  • Ebury Publishing
  • Virgin Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1 x 8pp plate section
  • 0753541254
  • 9780753541258
  • 285,767

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"Marilyn is ... genius. Up to now we've had mostly contradictory views of Monroe. With his fox's ingenuity, Mailer puts her together and shows how she might have been torn apart ... Marilyn is great as only a great writer using his brains and feelers could make it ... a runaway string of perceptions ... You read him with a heightened consciousness because his performance has zing. It's the star system in literature; you can feel him bucking for the big time, and when he starts flying it's so exhilarating you want to applaud ... This brilliant book ... a feat." * The New York Times * "Fascinating ... inspired" * The Sunday Telegraph *show more

About Norman Mailer

Norman Mailer was born in New Jersey in 1923 and then reared in Brooklyn. He began writing fiction before he graduated from Harvard University. His first major work, The Naked and the Dead, written in 1948, was received with great popular and critical acclaim. Mailer went on to win the Pulitzer Prize on two occasions, the first in 1968 with The Armies of the Night; the second in 1979 with The Executioner's Song. He was once acclaimed by poet Robert Lowell as 'the best journalist in America'. Mailer died in 2007.show more

Review Text

"Marilyn is … genius. Up to now we’ve had mostly contradictory views of Monroe. With his fox’s ingenuity, Mailer puts her together and shows how she might have been torn apart ... Marilyn is great as only a great writer using his brains and feelers could make it ... a runaway string of perceptions ... You read him with a heightened consciousness because his performance has zing. It’s the star system in literature; you can feel him bucking for the big time, and when he starts flying it’s so exhilarating you want to applaud ... This brilliant book ... a feat. "show more

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