Fragments: Poems, Intimate Notes, Letters (Google eBook)
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.
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There's a special place in my heart that's reserved for Marilyn Monroe. Ever since I watched that fantastic movie called 'Some like it hot', I've found myself more and more intrigued by the legend that is Monroe. This book, more than any biography or movie, makes the woman behind the icon come alive. Surely, there's some cryptical and random notes that could have been left out. It's not like I'm talking grocery lists here, but still. But it goes to show how thorough the research was, and, well, there's not really a bit of information that should go to waste. Then who was this mystical woman? The icon of the 50s sensuality? In essence, it makes her an intelligent, educated (although slightly dyslectic) woman who is in fact struggling with her own sexuality. Rumours have always been there that Marilyn might or might not have been a lesbian, or at least bisexual. This collection of documents will neither confirm or deny that rumour. Instead, it focuses on her feelings. Feelings of loneliness. Feelings of extreme sadness. In fact, her central statement is the following ; 'Alone! I am always Alone! I am always alone no matter what!' And this is what makes this book so interesting. It showcases a side of Marilyn that had not been explored yet. A fragile side, but also a portrait of bravery : one woman against the world. And all of that without breaking her greatest trumps : illusion and mystery. If you are a lazy person and you skipped through to the end, which is quite okay, here's the essential : if you're a fan, read this. Well presented, interesting and from time to time, deeply touching. Now if you'll excuse me, I need to rewatch some movies.
Review: Fragments: Poems, Intimate Notes, LettersUser Review - Goodreads
I'm a huge Marilyn fan so when I found out about this book, having her most intimate documents in it I had to by it, it is truly emotional and sad but there are joyous things in it too. One of the ...