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Marilyn: A Biography [NOOK Book]


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In 1973, Norman Mailer published Marilyn, his celebrated in-depth ...

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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.

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Editorial Reviews

Pauline Kael
“About half of MARILYN is great as only a great writer, using his brains and feelers could make it. . . . His writing is close to the pleasures of movies. . . . Your read [Mailer] with a heightened consciousness because his performance has zing.”
Time magazine
“A book of gargantuan propensities . . . incalculable in impact. . . . There are brilliant passages . . . compulsively readable.”
George Frazier
“At its best, superb, muscular prose…. Nothing else captures [Marilyn’s] endearing and exasperating persona so touchingly.”
The Washington Post
“Phosphorescent writing.”
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940011468193
  • Publisher: Lawrence Schiller
  • Publication date: 7/25/2011
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 277,348
  • File size: 691 KB

Meet the Author

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.


One of the most provocative authors of the 20th century, Norman Mailer stood at the forefront of the New Journalism, a form of creative nonfiction that wove autobiography, real events, and political commentary into unconventional novels. In a career that spanned nearly 60 years, he wrote more than 30 books, including The Naked and the Dead; The Armies of the Night,, for which he won a National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize; The Executioner's Song, for which he won his second Pulitzer Prize; Harlot's Ghost; Oswald's Tale; The Gospel According to the Son; and his last novel, The Castle in the Forest, a chilling fictional portrait of the youthful Adolf Hitler. On November 10, 2007, he died of renal failure, leaving behind an astonishing literary legacy.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Nachem Malech Mailer
      Norman Mailer
    2. Hometown:
      Provincetown, Massachusetts, and New York, New York
    1. Date of Birth:
      January 31, 1923
    2. Place of Birth:
      Long Branch, New Jersey
    1. Date of Death:
      November 10, 2007

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  • Posted February 15, 2012

    Not what I expected

    Although I am a fan of both Mailer and Monroe, I do not think he captured her uniqueness in this book. It seemed to me that Mailer did not care for Marilyn as a person, just gave the plain facts, mostly about her marriage to Arthur Miller.

    5 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2012

    Another bio?

    How many books can one person read?give it arest give her arest write about someone else shes dead so let her be

    3 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2006

    Best Entertainer Retrospective Book Ever!

    This book was very helpful in getting Marilyn's emotional life and the pictures were beautiful and dazzling! She'll never be forgotten when remembered this way!

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2014

    Marilyn Monroe by Norman Mailer

    This was a waste of time. It was a horrible read & boring. This has to be the worst book I have ever read. The author wrote more about his feelings & philosophies & he just rambled

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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