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Marilyn: A Biography

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An extraordinary biography of the legendary screen star Marilyn Monroe (originally published in 1973) by Norman Mailer, one of America's most important writers of the second half of the Twentieth Century. Mailer, the winner of two Pulitzer Prizes, was the first writer to explore the relationship between Monroe and Bobby Kennedy. When first published, this book was the subject of Time and Life magazine cover stories, was on The New York Times Bestseller List and became a full selection of the Book of the Month ...
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Overview

An extraordinary biography of the legendary screen star Marilyn Monroe (originally published in 1973) by Norman Mailer, one of America's most important writers of the second half of the Twentieth Century. Mailer, the winner of two Pulitzer Prizes, was the first writer to explore the relationship between Monroe and Bobby Kennedy. When first published, this book was the subject of Time and Life magazine cover stories, was on The New York Times Bestseller List and became a full selection of the Book of the Month Club.
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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

  • ISBN-13: 9780399517532
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/31/2025
  • Pages: 272

Meet the Author

Norman Mailer
Norman Mailer was one of the most important American writers of the post-WWII era and a leading public intellectual since the 1960s. The author of more than forty books, he is one of the most prolific American authors of the 20th century. The Castle in the Forest, last novel, was the eleventh of his books to appear on the New York Times bestseller list. His first novel, The Naked and the Dead (1948), which was on the Times list for 63 weeks, is considered to be the premier novel of WWII in the Pacific and has never gone out of print.

The cofounder and namer of The Village Voice, he has written columns for the Voice, Esquire, Commentary and Vanity Fair. His 1968 nonfiction narrative, The Armies of the Night, won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. He won a second Pulitzer for The Executioner's Song and is the only person to win Pulitzers in fiction and nonfiction. Five of his books have been nominated for National Book Awards, and he won a Lifetime Achievement Award from the NBA Foundation in 2006.

He was President of the American Chapter of PEN from 1984 to 1985 and was a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters from 1984 until his death in November 2007. Mailer was the father of nine children and ten grandchildren, and lived in New York and Provincetown with his sixth wife, the novelist and painter, Norris Church Mailer.

Biography

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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