Fragments: 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 ...

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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Isabel Keating is a fine mimic of the Marilyn we know from the movies—it’s the same breathy, cotton-candy douceur, the voice lilting with wonderment, the same rounded consonants, the trill at the end of sentences. She sounds like a precocious child, very earnestly doing the introspective self-searching homework that the Strasberg method demanded. As seamless is Keating’s channeling of Monroe; it would have been a pleasure to glimpse the voice behind the baby voice, the woman behind the mask. The content is fragmentary, but there is delight in this picture of the icon as more sincere, striving, intellectually ambitious, and perceptive than we’d ever have guessed. A Farrar, Straus, and Giroux hardcover. (Oct.)
Library Journal
Some 50 years after Marilyn Monroe's tragic death, her private life continues to fascinate. This audio exposes her innermost thoughts through recorded selections from her journal entries, poems, and occasionally rambling notes, revealing a thoughtful yet insecure and vulnerable woman. Monroe reflects on the moments of joy and turmoil in her life, including the breakup of her marriage to the late playwright Arthur Miller. Introductions provide listeners with background information. Actress Isabel Keating does a superb job of channeling Monroe with her breathy narration. While this audio version has an intimate feel, however, audiences should not miss the numerous photos, handwritten notes, letters, and diary entries available in the Farrar hc, only some of which—via a bonus PDF—are available here. Recommended wherever the print edition is in demand.—Risa Getman, Hendrick Hudson Free Lib., Montrose, NY
Liesl Schillinger
Sentences trail across the page, then merge in clumps, like paper airplanes tossed into a net; multiple cross-outs, repetitions and misspellings make them a challenge to decipher. Nonetheless, a certain potency resides in their runic quality…Passionate decoders of the Monroe legacy will have a field day.
—The New York Times
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"There is delight in this picture of the icon as more sincere, striving, intellectually ambitious, and perceptive than we’d ever have guessed."

Publishers Weekly

 

"Sentences trail across the page, then merge in clumps, like paper airplanes tossed into a net; multiple cross-outs, repetitions and misspellings make them a challenge to decipher. Nonetheless, a certain potency resides in their runic quality…Passionate decoders of the Monroe legacy will have a field day.."

The New York Times

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781427211675
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio
  • Publication date: 10/12/2010
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Abridged
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 4.90 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

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.

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Table of Contents

Editors' note vii

Personal note (1943) 5

Undated poems 15

"Record" black notebook (around 1951) 33

Other "Record" notebook (around 1955) 51

Waldorf-Astoria stationery (1955) 69

Italian agenda (1955 or 1956) 89

Parkside House stationery (1956) 105

Roxbury notes (1958) 125

Red livewire notebook (1958) 135

Fragments and notes 149

Kitchen notes (1955 or 1956) 175

Lee and Paula Strasberg 185

Letter to Dr. Hohenberg (1956) 201

Letter to Dr. Greenson (1961) 205

Written answers to an interview (1962) 217

Supplements

Some books from Marilyn Monroe's personal library 226

The favorite photo 228

Funeral eulogy Lee Strasberg 231

Chronology 232

Literary constellation 234

Acknowledgments 237

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  • Posted January 28, 2011

    Essential for Marilyn fans (from The Tealeaf Review)

    I want to start off by saying that I can't really give this book any kind of true rating. There are hardly words to describe this book, much less a handful of stars. It's a rare thing when I pick up a non-fiction title, but when it contains Marilyn Monroe, I have to make an exception. Fragments is a beautiful book, full of her original thoughts, poems, and letters. It's unlike any Marilyn biography out there, because it is her. From the minute you see the first letter, you can just feel her coming off the page. She's there in every misspelled word and scratched out sentence. If you like your Marilyn as the picture of blonde perfection, this is definitely not for you. There's a real pain and humanity in her words, the overwhelming need to be loved and accepted. She was witty, shy, vulnerable, innocent, and remarkable. This is essential for any fan of the true Marilyn Monroe.

    12 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2010

    Don't buy this in ebook format

    Very difficult to read the original pages that were typed by Marilyn Monroe because the original typed pages are scanned into the book and the print is very small. Because the pages are scanned, the font can't be increased nor can the page be enlarged. I was very disappointed

    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 11, 2011

    Not compatiable with NookColor

    This was a huge disappointment on my NookColor most of Marilyn's original letters are unreadable...what I was able to read was interesting but since the book is only 83 pages for $14.99 it was a rip off. There should be a disclaimer that it's not recommended for Nook users. I am sure the book it self is wonderful unfortunately I was unable to enjoy on my NC

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 12, 2010

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    A look into the brilliant yet tortured psyche of Marilyn...

    Her public persona was that of the blonde bombshell Hollywood star. She was married to the great Yankee baseball star Joe Dimaggio and famed play write Arthur Miller. She appeared to have lived a life most could only dream of, but behind the public persona was a tortured soul. This books brings to light fragments of Marilyn's diaries, letters and poems that have never been published along with some rare photographs that provide a unique look into Marilyn's private thoughts and psyche. I was skeptical that this book would be anything more than an attempt to capitalize on Marilyn's legend with a few scraps of her writings. I was wrong there is much of interest here, and perhaps some added layers of mystery to the ending of her life. This book should be interest to all fans of Marilyn Monroe. I also have to recommend "Marilyn, August 1953: The Lost LOOK Photos (Calla Editions)" for an amazing collecting of never before published, candid photographs of Marilyn at the height of her career; and "Misfits Country" for a look behind the scenes of the making of her final Film.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 13, 2010

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    A Must Have for any MM fan

    Marilyn Monroe has become known as one of, if not THE sex symbol of the 20th century. Though on screen, she often portrayed a "dumb blonde", she was extremely intelligent and constantly reading. She also wanted to be taken seriously as an actress, not just be a beauty to all of those she encountered. While some may find her acting not very great, perhaps after reading this book and her thoughts on acting, your perception may change. She constantly worked on perfecting her craft, and that is shown within this book. She also yearned for an understanding of herself in a way, and her notes of self-analysis aren't something to miss. Her poetry is very unique, I like it very much. It shows the fight for understanding. All in all, this book should not be passed up. It features rare photographs and a look into a very complex person. Behind the glitz and glamour, we are finally able to see a glimpse of the real Marilyn Monroe. Her life and untimely death are surrounded in mystery. Perhaps now, we may find answers.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2011

    Absolutely enchanting

    Being a huge Marilyn Monroe fan it's fabulous to see these entries in her own handwriting. This shows a side to her that was heard about but never proven until now. So glad these fragments have come to light!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2010

    Highly Recommended

    Monroe lovers, you must get this book! A truly stunning insight into the poetic talent and inquisative mind of Ms. Marilyn Monroe. Love it!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2013

    Just wanted to say a thing about Marilyn

    She was taken advantage of, in my opinion, from men and women who didnt really know how intellegent she was. In an era where men ruled. She knew she had to hide that wonderful mind and act like a dumb blonde if she wanted to go anywhere in this movie industry...how sad, how these people could not see this remarkable, kind, lady. Only to be used, by small minded people. I didnt know her. I feel so sorry for her, too bad she didnt have a child to love her! I am sure Joe Di Maggio was the only one who really did.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 14, 2010

    Highly Recommended

    Not a lot of people know much about Monroe's deeply personal life. This book sheds some light on it. The poems that she had written show a more vulnerable and emotional side of her. She wasn't just Marilyn Monroe, she was still a woman, who had normal problems like the rest of us. The only bad thing about this book is the cohesion. The dates are disjointed and some of the writing is hard to understand. Its entitled Fragments, I think because a lot of what she wrote were fragments. I don't think she ever finished her thoughts entirely. Overall though, it is a good read. If you're a Marilyn Monroe fan, you'll enjoy.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 31, 2010

    loved it

    i have this book in hardcover. being a monroe fan i found it very interesting!!!!!!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2010

    FANTASTIC!

    I've taken a sudden interest in her over the summer, i'm 13 years old and had to do a report on someone from the past that we believe was misunderstood and i did my report on her,I didn't need any other books or research. It was fabulous,i usually take a lot of time to read books and I read this all in one weekend. It is phenomenally put together and helps us truly into her life. It was fabulous,if you take an interest in Marilyn Monroe,you WILL love this book,i promise(:

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 29, 2010

    Must Read!!!!!

    Just finished reading Marilyn Monroe's brand new autobiography "Fragments: Poems, Intimate Notes, Letters". Bought is this morning and started reading it when I got off work. So great I couldn't put it down til I read every bit of it from front to back and I did! Read it all in one day.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2010

    You Had Me At Marilyn Monroe!

    I can't wait to get my hands on this book and devour it from cover to cover. I just finished "When God Stopped Keeping Score," which is on sale here on BN, that book is an eye opener about forgiveness. I dare you to take the time to read it. You will be so glad that you did.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2013

    Interesting

    Good book overall. Didn't like the way it ended.

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