A biography of screen star Marilyn Monroe (1926-1962) by Norman Mailer, an American novelist, journalist, essayist, playwright, activist, film-maker and actor.
- Glanceabook: “I found it hard to get used to the language that is so eye-rollingly overdone that it feels phoney. However, I began to enjoy the book more as Marilyn became more famous, and the dimensions of her mental illness were explored.”
- New York Times: “Norman Mailer inflates her career to cosmic proportions. She becomes “a proud, inviolate artist,” and he suggests that “one might literally have to invent the idea of a soul in order to approach her.” He pumps so much wind into his subject that the reader may suspect that he’s trying to make Marilyn Monroe worthy of him, a subject to compare with the Pentagon and the moon.”
“Yet she was more. She was a presence. She was ambiguous. She was the angel of sex, and the angel was in her detachment.””
Author: Norman Mailer