The Passion and the ParadoxBook - 2012
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.
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.
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.