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Marilyn Monroe’s Bookshelf

Galleycat has posted a list of books that the late Marilyn Monroe has on her bookshelf, the list is actually a lot more literary than I would have pegged the bombshell for:

- 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

Just for fun I limited these searches to books that were published before Monroe’s death in 1962, so if you click though you can get an idea of what her shelf might have actually looked like.

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One Response to “Marilyn Monroe’s Bookshelf”

  1. About the FAZ article, “Ancient Treasures for the bookshelf” (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung), 10 October 2010 I have become aware of abebooks.com. As a bibliophile who looks like according to particular species and thus equips its local library, this is a real treasure trove. The more it has to see me happy, here is a list of books by Marilyn Monroe. Hemingway, Kerouac and Steinbeck I also read, has advanced to “Tortilla Flat”, clearly in reference to Monroe’s list, my personal favorite. As an author I like to let myself inspired by the themes of the “big autors” and I am excited about what I discover here can do. “Tortilla Flat” in any case is a book that kind of reminded me of “Robin Hood” and stands for true friendship and freedom.

    Greetings from Berlin … Jens Böhme