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The Marilyn Encyclopedia (Hardcover)

Adam Victor

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ISBN 10: 0879517182 / ISBN 13: 9780879517182
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Hardcover. Through astute research and crisp writing, Victor traces Marilyn Monroe's path to legendary status, touching on her relationships, clothing, surgeries, films, and every other aspect of he.Shipping may be from multiple locations in the US or from the UK, depending on stock availability. 352 pages. 1.923. Bookseller Inventory # 9780879517182

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Title: The Marilyn Encyclopedia (Hardcover)

Binding: Hardcover

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Through astute research and crisp writing, Victor traces Marilyn Monroe's path to legendary status, touching on her relationships, clothing, surgeries, films, and every other aspect of her life. 350 photos, 250 in color.

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The Marilyn Encyclopedia is, according to its jacket notes, "the most comprehensive book about [Marilyn Monroe's] extraordinary life and legacy ever published." This may easily be true--it is incredibly, insanely detailed. Author Adam Victor has taken every conceivable source of Marilyn information--admittedly including Internet rumors and Hollywood gossip among the more well-documented tidbits--distilled them down to alphabetical entries, and cross-referenced them to within an inch of their lives. While the casual fan can check out Marilyn's Look covers or a list of the screenwriters she worked with, hardcore devotees can look up such vital information as the name of the first restaurant she and Joe DiMaggio ate at on their honeymoon (a controversy--was it the restaurant at the Hot Springs Hotel or at the Clifton Inn?) or the name of Marilyn's poodle (Maf Honey). The meticulous cross-referencing makes The Marilyn Encyclopedia an extremely enjoyable browser's read, allowing the reader to hop from Marilyn's disdain for underwear to her working relationship with John Huston to the fact that she never had much trouble with gambling--all with the flip of a page. This encyclopedia of course contains a rich assortment of photos: posed studio portraits, pinups, and candid shots vie for space throughout the tome. Despite his obvious devotion as a fan, Victor is remarkably evenhanded in his choice of the quotes and anecdotes sprinkled throughout the book. The reader cannot help but be left with the impression that, for all her magical appeal, Monroe may well have been a trying person to deal with on a day-to-day basis. This is the perfect book for the dedicated fan who wants to know everything--no, really, everything--about Marilyn Monroe. --Ali Davis

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