Fragments: Poems, Intimate Notes, Letters by Marilyn Monroe
Edited by Stanley Buchthal and Bernard Comment
Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux, October 2010
ISBN: 978-0-374-15835-4, ISBN10: 0-374-15835-5
ragments 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. These bits of text—jotted in notebooks, typed on paper, or written on hotel letterhead—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 so memorable emerge on the page, as does the simmering tragedy that made her last appearances so heartbreaking.
Marilyn Monroe was the defining actress of her age. Acclaimed for her performances in Some Like It Hot, The Seven Year Itch, and many other films, Monroe also studied with Lee Strasberg at the Actors Studio. She died in 1962.
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