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Catalogue of books on Marilyn Monroe

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Baker, Roger
Marilyn Monroe
Portland House, 1990.
Hardcover, large square quarto; grey blue cloth boards with gilt spine titling; decorated endpapers; 176pp., monochrome illustrations. Owner's name. Minor wear; sticker residue on lower corner of front endpaper; mildly toned and spotted text block and page edges. Dustwrapper lightly worn at edges. Near fine and wrapper now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Marilyn Monroe's comparatively small output of truly memorable work seems disproportionate to the extent of her fame and the growth of her posthumous celebrity. Over the years she has become an eternal icon: a symbol, an image, a shrine. She was one of Hollywood's great stars when Hollywood was at its greatest. This book presents a straightforward account of Marilyn Monroe's life and career with accuracy; summarizing those controversial moments of her life where interpretations differ, offering a comprehensive biography.
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Barris, George (ed.)
Marilyn Her Life in Her Own Words
Headline Book Publishing/Hodder Headline Plc, London. 1995.
Quarto; hardcover, with bronze spine-titling; 166pp., numerous colour and monochrome plates. Minor wear. Dustwrapper lightly chipped at the spine panel heel. Very good to near fine and wrapper professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. George Barris met Marilyn when she was filming The Seven Year Itch. They agreed to make a picture-book and autobiography together. Eight years later, soon after Monroe's thirty-sixth birthday they met at Santa Monica beach for photo-shoots as well as in a house in North Hollywood. During this six week period they collaborated on this book. George Barris was shocked by Marilyn's death on August 4th 1962 - it was less than twenty-four hours since she had phoned him for the last time. He maintained always that she had been murdered. Decades later he decided to publish their collaborative work: Marilyn - her life in her own words.
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Cahill, Marie
Forever Marilyn
Bison Books, London, 1991.
Quarto hardcover; black illustrated boards with pink endpapers; 64pp., colour and monochrome illustrations. Minor wear; mild offsetting to endpapers. Near fine and wrapper now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Photographic essay. Introduction and captions.
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Dienes, Andre de
Marilyn Mon Amour The Private Album of Andre de Dienes
Sidgwick & Jackson, London, 1989.
Quarto paperback; 155pp., monochrome illustrations. Minor wear only: near fine. When Andre de Dienes, a young Hungarian photographer living in Los Angeles, first met Marilyn in 1945 she was just nineteen but looked much younger. It was hard to believe she had already been married for three years, and was in the process of getting a divorce. She called herself Norma Jeane Baker. Captivated by her beauty and effervescent personality, de Dienes took her travelling with him, photographed her incessantly and fell in love. She, however, wanted a career. Yet he remained her accomplice, friend and favourite photographer to the end of her life.
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Haspiel, James
Young Marilyn Becoming the Legend
Smith Gryphon, London, 1996.
Quarto paperback; 168pp., colour and monochrome plates and illustrations. Minor wear; mild spotting to upper edges of text block edges; slight rubbing and edgewear to covers. Very good to near fine otherwise. From struggling starlet to international movie star, Young Marilyn shows all of the steps she made along the way: through unpublished stills from her first screen auditions, candid shots by fans, tests of her stunning costumes, her most alluring glamour shots, and others of her in private and public, many exclusive to this book. It includes an authoritative introduction on Monroe's early life including information about her performances on the stage and an interview with her mother Gladys.
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Kobal, John (ed.) (Introduction by David Robertson)
Marilyn Monroe
Hamlyn Publishing Group Ltd., London, 1974.
Quarto; hardcover, full red leather with gilt spine titles and illustrated endpapers; 176pp., with many full-colour and monochrome illustrations. Minor wear; light spotting to the preliminaries. Dustwrapper now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good to near fine. Marilyn Monroe surrendered herself to the camera. In life she struggled to to establish an identity for herself, but in the make-believe world of films her image was clear and consistent. Audiences loved her. The shock of her death caused a wave of sorrow and indignation throughout the world: indignation that she had appeared to have been treated unsympathetically by her Hollywood masters. Certainly since then her reputation has grown, and her stature as a "star" is as assured now as it ever was. This book reveals the legend of Monroe mainly through her films and her film publicity. A long introduction outlines her life and explains the development of her career. As well as the Monroe pictures are pictures of her imitators and her predecessors in the "sexy blonde" business.
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Mailer, Norman
Spring Books, London, 1989.
Square quarto; hardcover, with illustrated boards; 270pp., with many full-colour and monochrome illustrations. Minor wear; a few superficial scratches to rear panel of dustwrapper with one or two small scrapes and slight wear to upper edges, especially on head of spine; now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Near fine. This book is really two books. It is a biography and it is also a pictorial retrospective of an actress whose greatest love affair was conceivably with the camera. "Marilyn", written by renowned author Norman Mailer, is a major biography, a full attempt to understand a beautiful, complex and tragic woman. Mailer gives us an insight into her contradictions, that few biographers could offer, and reveals the many different facets of her personality, in a way that will fascinate both men and women. During her short life Marilyn Monroe was the most sought-after photographic subject in the world. Lawrence Schiller was one of the photographers who had taken some of her finest pictures. Years later, he arranged an exhibition using the stills from many of the photographers who had worked with her. Called MARILYN MONROE - the Legend and the Truth, it was seen by hundreds of thousands of people in the United States and Japan. Arranged here to form a photographic essay, a remarkable counterpoint is offered to Mailer's text. In this superb work, there are two histories, one in words, the other in photographs. Without doubt, these two elements come together in the shape of an elusive search for that most mercurial charm - the identity of a lovely if seldom simple woman.
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Mangone, Peter
Marilyn Monroe NYC, 1955
Danziger Gallery, New York NY, 2012.
Quarto; hardcover, with illustrated boards and black endpapers; 54pp., with many full-colour plates. Mylar dustwrapper. Remainder. New. In 1955, Peter Mangone was 14 years old - a skinny boy from the Bronx with a Marilyn Monroe fixation, like so many teenagers of his generation. What distinguished Mangone was that he got to meet his idol. For several months, he had played truant from school to stake out the Gladstone Hotel on Manhattan's East 52nd Street, where the 29-year-old Monroe was staying after her unhappy divorce from Joe DiMaggio and her dismissal from the Twentieth-Century Fox studios. One morning, Mangone borrowed an eight-millimeter Kodak camera from his brother, headed down to the Gladstone and met Monroe as she was on her way out shopping with her friend Milton Greene. Mangone's dream came true: she waved, winked and invited him along. Over the course of the afternoon, he filmed her intermittently, without sound, later developing the film and viewing it at home. When Mangone left home, the footage went missing, and was thought to be lost - until 2002, when his brother found it among their father's possessions, virtually in mint condition. "It was like refinding my high school sweetheart", he said. "She was just the way I remembered her." This book of stills from Mangone's five-minute movie shows the great screen siren in wonderful moments of unguardedness, against the Chevys and Checker cabs of 1950s midtown Manhattan. The great charm of Mangone's images lies at the opposite end of familiar portraits by Cecil Beaton, Elliott Erwitt and co.: in his 14-year-old hands, through the grainy Kodak film, with its erratic lighting, Marilyn remains every inch the icon.
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Miller, Arthur & Serge Toubiana
The Misfits Story of a Shoot
Phaidon Press Ltd., London, 2000.
Quarto hardcover; red papered boards with black spine titling and grey endpapers; 192pp., monochrome illustrations. Minor wear; faint spotting on upper text block edges. Fine and professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Comprises an interview with Miller, an essay, 'Black Desert, White Desert' by Toubiana, and a picture essay by Magnum photographers.
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Mills, Bart
Marilyn on Location
Sidgwick & Jackson, London, 1989.
Quarto, hardcover, 160pp, numerous monochrome plates. Owner's name whited-out on front endpaper, foxing to preliminaries, light spotting to text block edges; else very good in moderately worn dustwrapper (now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film). In all that has been written about Marilyn Monroe since her death, her skill as an actress and comedienne has attracted far less attention than her personal life. "Marilyn on Location" is a celebration of the work of the young model called Norma Jean who became one of cinema's most enduring icons. The author charts her career, film by film, from early B movies to classics. He discusses her ambition and insecurities, and draws on interviews with her directors and co-stars who talk about their working relationships with Marilyn. Lavishly illustrated with stills from all her films, this is a thoughtful assessment of her films.
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Shaw, Sam, & Norman Rosten
Marilyn Among Friends
Bloomsbury Publishing Plc., London, 1987.
Square quarto; hardcover, with gilt spine-titling; 192pp., with many full-colour and monochrome photographic illustrations. Moderate wear; somewhat rolled; offset to endpapers and preliminaries. Dustwrapper is well-rubbed and scuffed with a heavy score across the lower panel; now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Good to very good. The photographer Sam Shaw introduced Norman Rosten to Marilyn Monroe in 1955. Their relationship grew: Marilyn's analyst, Dr Ralph Greenson, described Rosten as one of her 'closest friends'. She married another of his friends, Arthur Miller, and from then on saw a great deal of Norman and his wife Hedda. Shaw was to take many famous photographs of Marilyn, including the skirt-blowing shots for The Seven-Year Itch. Over the years he took the kind of photographs that only friends can and as close friends - both author and photographer - aspects of Marilyn are revealed with candour and, above all, affection.
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