Marilyn Monroe and Her Literary Bookshelf

By Jason Boog Comment

Tomorrow Farrar, Straus and Giroux will release Fragments, a collection of  “poems, intimate notes, and letters” by Marilyn Monroe. The glossy title brims with pictures and references to the many books in Monroe’s life.

We nabbed an advance copy, and made a list collecting some of the modern literary classics that graced the great actress’ bookshelf for GalleyCat Reviews. The complete list follows below.

Here’s more about the book: “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. These bits of text—jotted in notebooks, typed on paper, or written on hotel letterhead—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 Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad
Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
The Unnamable by Samuel Beckett
Paris Blues by Harold Flender
Winesburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson
Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser
A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
Tortilla Flat by John Steinbeck
The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
On the Road by Jack Kerouac
The Fall by Albert Camus
Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
Once There Was a War by John Steinbeck