Poems, Intimate Notes, Letters

Book - 2010
Average Rating:
Rate this:

Marilyn Monroe's image is so universal that we can't help but believe that we know all there is to know of her. Every word and gesture made headlines and garnered controversy. Her serious gifts as an actor were sometimes eclipsed by her notoriety -- and the way the camera fell helplessly in love with her.

But what of the other Marilyn? Beyond the headlines -- and the too-familiar stories of heartbreak and desolation -- was a woman far more curious, searching and hopeful than the one the world got to know. Even as Hollywood studios tried to mold and suppress her, Marilyn never lost her insight, her passion, and her humour. To confront the mounting difficulties of her life, she wrote.

Now, for the first time, we can meet this private Marilyn and get to know her in a way we never have before. 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 easy grace and deceptive lightness that made her performances so memorable emerge on the page, as does the simmering tragedy that made her last appearances so heartbreaking.

Fragments is an event -- an unforgettable book that will redefine one of the greatest stars of the twentieth century and which, nearly fifty years after her death, will definitively reveal Marilyn Monroe's humanity.

Publisher: Toronto : HarperCollins, 2010.
ISBN: 9781443402682
Characteristics: x, 239 p. :,ill. (some col.), ports. ;,26 cm.
Alternative Title: Marilyn Monroe : fragments


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment
Feb 02, 2019

Probably only of interest to Marilyn fans, but if you are a fan, this is a necessity. A lot of blank spaces are filled in with Marilyn's own notes. This world did not ever deserve her. Her physical beauty and sex appeal blinded people to her intelligence and brilliance.

Mo18_0 Jun 30, 2014

Very interesting book, amazing to see all these letters and notes written by the star herself.

Apr 09, 2013

What I really loved about this book was the letter she wrote to the Strausbergs while she was in the psychiatric ward. Documentaries often portray that time as her being mentally unstable, yet the letter she dictated to her secretary is anything but.

Age Suitability

Add Age Suitability
OliviaSh Sep 05, 2011

OliviaSh thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number


Subject Headings


Find it at Library

To Top