The Passion and the Paradox

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Baker & Taylor
Published to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Monroe's death, a revelatory portrait by a leading feminist historian analyzes the paradoxes in her life while reinterpreting previously unexplored aspects of her character, from her foster-care childhood and her struggles with sexual abuse to her deeply spiritual side and her intellectual views. (This book was previously listed in Forecast.) 40,000 first printing.

McMillan Palgrave

Like her art, Marilyn Monroe was rooted in paradox: She was a powerful star and a childlike waif; a joyful, irreverent party girl with a deeply spiritual side; a superb friend and a narcissist; a dumb blonde and an intellectual. No previous biographer has recognized -- much less attempted to analyze -- most of these aspects of her personality. Lois Banner has.
Since Marilyn's death in August of 1962, the appetite for information about her has been insatiable. Biographies of Marilyn abound, and whether these books are sensational or flawed, Marilyn's fans have always come out in bestselling numbers. This time, with Lois Banner's Revelations, the fans won't be disappointed. This is no retread of recycled material. As one of the founders of the field of women's history, Banner will reveal Marilyn Monroe in the way that only a top-notch historian and biographer could.
In researching Revelations, Banner's credentials opened doors. She gained access to Marilyn intimates who hadn't spoken to other biographers, and to private material unseen, ignored, or misinterpreted by her predecessors. With new details about Marilyn's childhood foster homes, her sexual abuse, her multiple marriages, her affairs, and her untimely death at the age of thirty-six, Revelations is, at last, the nuanced biography Marilyn fans have been waiting for.

& Taylor

A portrait of the actress analyzes the paradoxes in her life while reinterpreting previously unexplored aspects of her character, from her foster-care childhood and struggles with sexual abuse to her spiritual side and intellectual views.

Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury, 2012
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9781608195312
Branch Call Number: Biography M757ban
Characteristics: 515 p., [24] p. of plates : ill. (some col.), ports. ; 24 cm


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Jul 25, 2013

I thoroughly enjoyed Banner's biography of MM. Particularly since she presents all of her sources up front, cites them all in the back, and offers many theories of various mysteries in MM's life. She tell you what her best estimate is and acknowledges that some things can't be known with certainty. Additionally, she places the behaviors, attitudes, and happenings of Marilyn and the folks who touched her life in their historical context explaining why some things may have unfolded the way they did. She is compassionate and honest (not always the same thing!) in her descriptions of Marilyn, and gives her the due respect she deserves as a talented, smart, and deeply damaged woman. I would highly recommend this book.

145e Feb 21, 2013

Wonderful biography. Read it.


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