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Does anyone here have a list of around 400 books that Marilyn Monroe used to read? I used to see it in one of the website but i think it was no longer available anymore... pls do let me know, here or through messages, thanks in advance. biggrin.gif
I don't know all 400 books, but I'll start the list:

How Stanislavsky Directs by Michael Gorchakov
Thanks, Meztisa. Erm...anymore?
Ulysses, by Joyce
There is a very long list in the Christies' auction catalogue. I will write up a few, more later.

1) Let's Make Love by Matthew Andrews (novelisation of the movie)
2) How To Travel Incognito by Ludwig Bemelmans
3) To The One I Love Best by Ludwig Bemelmans
4) Thurber Country by James Thurber
5) The Fall by Albert Camus
6) Marilyn Monroe by George Carpozi
7) Camille by Alexander Dumas
8) Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
9) The Boston Cooking-School Cook Book by Fannie Merritt-Farmer
10) The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald
11) From Russia With Love by Ian Fleming
12) The Art Of Loving by Erich Fromm
13) The Prophet by Kahlil Gilbran
14) Ulysses by James Joyce
15) Stoned Like A Statue: A Complete Survey Of Drinking Cliches, Primitive, Classical & Modern by Howard Kandel & Don Safran, with an intro by Dean Martin (a man who knew how to drink!)
16) The Last Temptation Of Christ by Nikos Kazantzakis
17) On The Road by Jack Kerouac
18) Selected Poems by DH Lawrence
19 and 20) Sons And Lovers by DH Lawrence (2 editions)
21) The Portable DH Lawrence
22) Etruscan Places (DH Lawrence?)
23) DH Lawrence: A Basic Study Of His Ideas by Mary Freeman
24) The Assistant by Bernard Malamud
25) The Magic Barrel by Bernard Malamud
26) Death In Venice & Seven Other Stories by Thomas Mann
27) Last Essays by Thomas Mann
28) The Thomas Mann Reader
29) Hawaii by James Michener
30) Red Roses For Me by Sean O'Casey
31) I Knock At The Door by Sean O'Casey
32) Selected Plays by Sean O'Casey
33) The Green Crow by Sean O'Casey
34) Golden Boy by Clifford Odets
35) Clash By Night by Clifford Odets
36) The Country Girl by Clifford Odets
37) 6 Plays Of Clifford Odets
38) The Cat With 2 Faces by Gordon Young
Oh finally, my prayer has been answered! Thanks Tara, greatly appreciate your help and others too! thumbup.gif Hope i can have the full list, thanks alot.
You're welcome. I'm a big reader myself so this is fascinating to me. Some of them, like the Dean Martin book, have inscriptions to Marilyn inside. That Gordon Young book I just mentioned (The Cat With Two Faces) was a gift to Marilyn from playwright Clifford Odets. Another book had a piece of paper inside with doodlings by Marilyn. I love hearing about these personal touches.

I will try and write up more whenever I have time. Here are a few:

39) Long Day's Journey Into Night by Eugene O'Neill
40) Part Of A Long Story: Eugene O'Neill As A Young Man In Love by Agnes Boulton
41) The Little Engine That Could by Piper Watty (with childish pencil scrawls at end, possibly MM's)
42) The New Joy Of Cooking by Irma S. Rombauer & Marion Rombauer-Becker (with some cut recipes, page markers, a typed diet sheet and manuscript shopping list, apparently in MM's hand, laid in)
43) Selected Plays Of George Bernard Shaw
44) Ellen Terry And Bernard Shaw - A Correspondence
45) Bernard Shaw & Mrs Patrick Campbell - Their Correspondence
46) The Short Reigh Of Pippin IV by John Steinbeck
47) Once There Was A War by John Steinbeck
48) Set This House On Fire by William Styron
49) Lie Down In Darkness (William Styron?)
50) The Roman Spring Of Mrs Stone by Tennessee Williams
51) Camino Real by Tennessee Williams
52) A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams (with notes by MM)
53) The Flower In Drama And Glamour by Stark Young (inscribed to MM by Lee Strasberg, Christmas 1955)

American Literature

54) Tender Is The Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald
55) The Story Of A Novel by Thomas Wolfe
56) Look Homeward Angel by Thomas Wolfe
57) A Stone, A Leaf, A Door (Thomas Wolfe?)
58) Thomas Wolfe's Letters To His Mother, ed. John Skally Terry
59) A Farewell To Arms by Ernest Hemingway
60) The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
61) Winesburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson
62) Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser
63) Tortilla Flat by John Steinbeck
64) The American Claimant & Other Stories & Sketches by Mark Twain
65) In Defense of Harriet Shelley & Other Essays (Mark Twain?)
66) The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
67) Roughing It (Mark Twain?)
68) The Magic Christian by Terry Southern
69) A Death In The Family by James Agee
70) The War Lover by John Hersey
71) Don't Call Me By My Right Name & Other Stories by James Purdy
72) Malcolm by James Purdy


73) The Portable Irish Reader (pub. Viking)
74) The Portable Poe - Edgar Allen Poe
75) The Portable Walt Whitman
76) This Week's Short Stories (New York, 1953)
77) Bedside Book Of Famous Short Stories
78) Short Novels Of Colette
79) Short Story Masterpieces (New York, 1960)
80) The Passionate Playgoer by George Oppenheimer
81) Fancies And Goodnights by John Collier
82) Evergreen Review, Vol 2, No. 6
83) The Medal & Other Stories by Luigi Pirandello
Thank you so much,Tara for your time and effort to write this list of books which MM red.I love to read myself,all my life,it has been one of my biggest passions.I have hundreds of books and sometimes my husband is in pain thinking where to put all those books and during moving (to another house) it was awful.But honestly,I could not live without reading and books.They really are (at least to me) much,much more important and interesting than television ever could be.

ps.There really is 3 different viruses messing in ES.Moving in ES is very,very difficult so I'm going to stay here only short time :( This is just awful!!
Yes, thank you, Tara! I had a short list myself but was too lazy to write it down... So thanks! again, for the time and effort thumbup1.gif
Rose, yes, there is something going on, I posted about it in a different topic, let's hope it will be sorted out soon! throb.gif
Tara, once again, i really thank you, from the bottom of my heart. yes.gif I really regretted not printing out a copy that time when i saw it on a website and when i return back later on, it was not longer available anymore and hence i could only ask around and crossing my finger and heart, someone can help me out on this because i know it is a very very long list. This time around i'm sure to keep an extra copy, just in case i lost it. v.gif

Do you have a scanner? Maybe you could scan it instead of having to type out one by one but still, i'm grateful for the list so far and your time and effort in putting it out, word by word, i'm sure others may also benefit from the list too.

And yes, i do greatly enjoy reading too. So i was really fascinated with what Marilyn's booklist was like and the books that she read. She wasn't just any blonde actress, she was one with a deep passion for books and knowledge. Heard that she had debts left behind to settle when she died, was some of the books that she brought...and i have been searching high and low to alot of website on Marilyn Monroe, but i never saw any section where it state of the books that she used to read...perhaps the information is not easily available as well as it is also one of a hectic work and only that one rare website which i stumbled upon had it. Nevertheless now since i had some, i will keep a lookout for the Dean Martin's book, hope it still inprint. biggrin.gif
Honestly, I find it quicker to write down than make scans. My scanner is quite old so the quality isn't always great. Here are some more:

Art Books

84) Max Weber (art book - inscribed to MM by 'Sam' - Shaw?)
85) Renoir by Albert Skira
86) Max by Giovannetti Pericle
87) The Family Of Man by Carl Sandburg
88-90) Horizon, A Magazine Of The Arts (Nov 1959, Jan 1960, Mar 1960.)
91) Jean Dubuffet by Daniel Cordier


92) The Summing Up by W. Somerset Maugham
93) Close To Colette by Maurice Goudeket
94) This Demi-Paradise by Margaret Halsey
95) God Protect Me From My Friends by Gavin Maxwell
96) Minister Of Death: The Adolf Eichmann Story by Quentin Reynolds, Ephraim Katz and Zwy Aldouby
97) Dance To The Piper by Agnes DeMille
98) Goodness Had Nothing To Do With It by Mae West
99) Act One by Moss Hart

Christian Science

100) Science And Health With Key To The Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy
101) Poems, Including Christ And Christmas by Mary Baker Eddy

Classical Works

102) 2 Plays: Peace And Lysistrata by Aristophanes
103) Of The Nature Of Things by Lucretius
104) The Philosophy Of Plato
105) Mythology by Edith Hamilton
106) Theory Of Poetry And Fine Art by Aristotle
107) Metaphysics by Aristotle
108-111) Plutarch's Lives, Vols 3-6 only (of 6) by William and John Langhorne


112) Bound For Glory by Woody Guthrie
113) The Support Of The Mysteries by Paul Breslow
114) Paris Blues by Harold Flender
115) The Shook-Up Generation by Harrison E. Salisbury

Foreign-Language Texts And Translations

116) An Mands Ansigt by Arthur Miller
117) Independent People by Halldor Laxness
118) Mujer by Lina Rolan (inscribed to MM by author)
119) The Havamal, ed. D.E. Martin Clarke
120) Yuan Mei: 18th Century Chinese Poet by Arthur Waley
121) Almanach: Das 73 Jahr by S. Fischer Verlag

French Literature

122) Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
123) The Works Of Rabelais
124) The Guermantes Way by Marcel Proust
125) Cities Of The Plain by Marcel Proust
126) Within A Budding Grove by Marcel Proust
127) The Sweet Cheat Gone by Marcel Proust
128) The Captive by Marcel Proust
129) Nana by Emile Zola
130) Plays by Moliere

131) The Life And Work of Sigmund Freud by Ernest Jones
132) Letters Of Sigmund Freud, ed. Ernest L. Freud
133) Glory Reflected by Martin Freud
134) Moses And Monotheism by Sigmund Freud
135) Conditioned Reflex Therapy by Andrew Salter

Gardening & Pets

136-137) The Wise Garden Encyclopedia, ed. E.L.D. Seymour (2 editions)
138) Landscaping Your Own Home by Alice Dustan
139) Outpost Nurseries - publicity brochure
140) The Forest And The Sea by Marston Bates
141) Pet Turtles by Julien Bronson
142) A Book About Bees by Edwin Way Teale
143) Codfish, Cats & Civilisation by Gary Webster


144) How To Do It, Or, The Art Of Lively Entertaining by Elsa Maxwell
145) Wake Up, Stupid by Mark Harris
146) Merry Christmas, Happy New Year by Phyllis McGinley
147) The Hero Maker by Akbar Del Piombo & Norman Rubington
148) How To Talk At Gin by Ernie Kovacs
149) VIP Tosses A Party, by Virgil Partch
150) Who Blowed Up The House & Other Ozark Folk Tales, ed. Randolph Vance
151) Snobs by Russell Lynes


152) The Form of Daily Prayers
153) Sephath Emeth (Speech Of Truth): Order Of Prayers For The Wholes Year In Jewish and English
154) The Holy Scriptures According To The Masoretic Text (inscribed to MM by Paula Strasberg, July 1, 1956)
Great job Tara clapping.gif !

155) The Law by Roger Vailland
156) The Building by Peter Martin
157) The Mermaids by Boros
158) They Came To Cordura by Glendon Swarthout
159) The 7th Cross by Anna Seghers
160) A European Education by Romain Gary
161) Strike For A Kingdom by Menna Gallie
162) The Slide Area by Gavin Lambert
163) The Woman Who Was Poor by Leon Bloy
164) Green Mansions by W.H. Hudson
165) The Contenders by John Wain
166) The Best Of All Worlds, Or, What Voltaire Never Knew by Hans Jorgen Lembourn (is this the same guy who later wrote '40 Days With Marilyn'?)
167) The Story Of Esther Costello by Nicholas Montsarrat
168) Oh Careless Love by Maurice Zolotow (MM biographer)
169) Add A Dash Of Pity by Peter Ustinov
170) An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser (filmed as A Place In The Sun - MM admired Elizabeth Taylor's performance)
171) The Mark Of The Warrior by Paul Scott
172) The Dancing Bear by Edzard Schaper
173) Miracle In The Rain by Ben Hecht (co-author of MM's autobiography)
174) The Guide by R.K. Narayan
175) Blow Up A Storm by Garson Kanin (later wrote screenplay 'Moviola', featurning an MM-based character)
176) Jonathan by Russell O'Neill
177) Fowlers End by Gerald Kersh
178) Hurricane Season by Ralph Winnett
179) The un-Americans by Alvah Bessie (later wrote The Symbol, a novel loosely based on MM's life)
180) The Devil's Advocate by Morris L. West
181) On Such A Night by Anthony Quayle
182) Say You Never Saw Me by Arthur Nesbitt
clapping.gif thanks tara

tara as a pro thumbup1.gif which would you recommend please ? bye1.gif
Tara worshippy.gif I thought having a scanner would probably lessen your work but since you are coping well with the typing, keep it up! thumbup1.gif
Tara, thank you so much for this list! clapping.gif
Do you mind if I put that list on my website? I think people might be interested in it smile1.gif
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Tara, thank you so much for this list! clapping.gif
Do you mind if I put that list on my website? I think people might be interested in it smile1.gif

Please do Paju, that's a great idea!

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clapping.gif thanks tara

tara as a pro thumbup1.gif which would you recommend please ? bye1.gif

Great idea Ellen - when I've finished writing them all up, I'll make a list of my 'picks'! biggrin.gif
yaaaay!!!! thanks tara marilynbybrandon_190.gif will that list be here or on a new topic? bye1.gif
Literature, Ctd.

183) All The Naked Heroes by Alan Kapener
184) Jeremy Todd by Hamilton Maule
185) Miss America by Daniel Stren
186) Fever In The Blood by William Pearson
187) Spartacus by Howard Fast
188) Venetian Red by L.M. Pasinetti
189) A Cup Of Tea For Mr Thorgill by Storm Jameson
190) Six O'Clock Casual by Henry W. Cune
191) Mischief by Charlotte Armstrong (the movie 'Don't Bother To Knock' was based on this novel)
192) The Gingko Tree by Sheelagh Burns
193) The Mountain Road by Theodore H. White
194) Three Circles Of Light by Pietro Di Donato
195) The Day The Money Stopped by Brendan Gill
196) The Carpetbaggers by Harold Robbins (Hollywood-set bestseller, featuring a Jean Harlow-based character, Rina Marlowe. Marilyn's secretary, Margerie Stengel, recalls that Marilyn was reading a Robbins novel in her New York apartment in 1961.)
197-198) Justine by Lawrence Durrell (2 editions, possibly read during filming of The Misfits)
199) Balthazar by Lawrence Durrell
200) Brighton Rock by Graham Greene
201) The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad
202) The Unnamable by Samuel Beckett
203) Portrait Of The Artist As A Young Dog by Dylan Thomas (Marilyn met Thomas in Shelley Winters' apartment circa 1951)
204) Hear Us O Lord From Heaven Thy Dwelling Place, by Malcolm Lowry

Modern Library

205) The Sound And The Fury/As I Lay Dying, by William Faulkner
206) God's Little Acre by Erskine Caldwell
207) Anna Christie/The Emperor Jones/The Hairy Ape by Eugene O'Neill (Marilyn played Anna in a scene performed at the Actor's Studio in 1956)
208) The Philosophy Of Schopenhauer by Irwin Edman
209) The Philosophy Of Spinoza by Joseph Ratner
210) The Dubliners by James Joyce
211) Selected Poems by Emily Dickinson
212) The Collected Short Stories by Dorothy Parker (Friend of Marilyn's, lived nearby her Doheny Drive apartment in 1961)
213) Selected Works by Alexander Pope
214) The Red And The Black by Stendhal
215) The Life Of Michelangelo by John Addington
216) Of Human Bondage by W. Somerset Maugham (Niagara director Henry Hathaway wanted to film this with MM and James Dean. It was eventually made with Kim Novak and Laurence Harvey.)
217) Three Famous French Romances (W. Somerset Maugham?)
218) Napoleon by Emil Ludwig
219) Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert (a second copy?)
220) The Poems And Fairy-Tales by Oscar Wilde
221) Alice's Adventures In Wonderland/Through The Looking Glass/The Hunting Of The Snark, by Lewis Carroll
222) A High Wind In Jamaica by Richard Hughes
223) An Anthology Of American Negro Literature, ed. Sylvestre C. Watkins

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yaaaay!!!! thanks tara marilynbybrandon_190.gif will that list be here or on a new topic? bye1.gif

I'll probably write it here Ellen bye1.gif

224) Beethoven: His Spiritual Development by J.W.N. Sullivan
225) Music For The Millions by David Ewen
226) Schubert by Ralph Bates
227) Men Of Music by Wallace Brockaway and Herbert Weinstock


228) The Potting Shed by Graham Greene
229) Politics In The American Drama by Caspar Nannes
230) Sons Of Men by Herschel Steinhardt
231) Born Yesterday by Garson Kanin (MM auditioned for the movie, but Judy Holliday got the part)
232) Untitled & Other Radio Drams by Norman Corwin
233) Thirteen By Corwin, by Norman Corwin
234) More By Corwin, by Norman Corwin
235) Long Day's Journey Into Night by Eugene O'Neill (a second copy)
236) Best American Plays: Third Series, 1945-1951
237) Theatre '52 by John Chapman
238) 16 Famous European Plays, by Bennett Cerf and Van H. Cartmell
239) The Complete Plays Of Henry James
240) 20 Best Plays Of The Modern American Theatre, by John Glassner
241) Elizabethan Plays by Hazelton Spencer
242) Critics' Choice by Jack Gaver
243) Modern American Dramas by Harlan Hatcher
244) The Album Of The Cambridge Garrick Club

European Poetry

245) A Shropshire Lad by A.E. Houseman
246) The Poetry & Prose Of Heinrich Heine by Frederich Ewen
247) The Poetical works Of John Milton, by H.C. Beeching
248) The Poetical Works Of Robert Browning (H.C. Beeching?)
249) Wordsworth by Richard Wilbur
250) The Poetical Works Of Shelley (Richard Wilbur?)
251) The Portable Blake, by William Blake
252) William Shakespeare: Sonnets, ed. Mary Jane Gorton
253) Poems Of Robert Burns, ed. Henry Meikle & William Beattie
254) The Penguin Book Of English Verse, ed. John Hayward
255) Aragon: Poet Of The French Resistance, by Hannah Josephson & Malcolm Cowley
256) Star Crossed by Margaret Tilden
Wow! What an amazing woman! ohmy.gif
I am in awe... I don't think I could ever read that many books in my lifetime, and she read them all by the age of 36. People who refuse to believe Marilyn was anything more than a dumb blonde should see this list. blush-anim-cl.gif
^ Yeah, what is she reading in your signature, BTW?
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^ Yeah, what is she reading in your signature, BTW?

It looks like 'How To Improve Your Thinking Ability' biggrin.gif

American Poetry

257 and 258) Collected Sonnets by Edna St Vincent Millay (2 editions)
259) Robert Frost's Poems by Louis Untermeyer (Marilyn befriended Untermeyer during her marriage to Arthur)
260) Poe: Complete Poems by Richard Wilbur (a 2nd copy?)
261) The Life And Times Of Archy And Mehitabel by Don Marquis
262) The Pocketbook Of Modern Verse by Oscar Williams
263) Poems by John Tagliabue
264) Selected Poems by Rafael Alberti
265) Selected Poetry by Robinson Jeffers
266) The American Puritans: Their Prose & Poetry, by Perry Miller
267) Selected Poems by Rainer Maria Rilke
268) Poet In New York by Federico Garcia Lorca
269) The Vapor Trail by Ivan Lawrence Becker (inscribed to Arthur by the author, there is also a note to MM)
270) Love Poems & Love Letters For All The Year
271) 100 Modern Poems, ed. Selden Rodman
272) The Sweeniad, by Myra Buttle
273) Poetry: A Magazine Of Verse, Vol.70, no. 6


274) The Wall Between by Anne Braden
275) The Roots Of American Communism by Theodore Draper
276) A View Of The Nation - An Anthology : 1955-1959, ed. Henry Christian
277) A Socialist's Faith by Norman Thomas
278-279) Rededication To Freedom by Benjamin Ginzburg (2 copies)
280) The Ignorant Armies by E.M. Halliday
281) Commonwealth Vs Sacco & Vanzetti, by Robert P. Weeks
282) Journey To The Beginning by Edgar Snow
283) Das Kapital by Karl Marx
284) Lidice by Eleanor Wheeler
285) The Study Of History by Arnold Toynbee
I have one to add to American Poetry: Norman Rosten's Songs For Patricia. She picked up that book when she first met the Rostens and Norman gave her the book.
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I have one to add to American Poetry: Norman Rosten's Songs For Patricia. She picked up that book when she first met the Rostens and Norman gave her the book.

Good thinking Paju. There are a few books which don't seem to be on the list, which I'm pretty sure Marilyn read. But then she did move around a lot, so maybe they didn't make it to the auction.

Some more:

Politics, Ctd.

286) America The Invincible by Emmet John Hughes
287) The Unfinished Country by Max Lerner
288) Red Mirage by John O'Kearney
289) Background & Foreground - The New York Times Magazine: An Anthology, ed. Lester Markel (a friend of MM)
290) The Failure Of Success by Esther Milner
291) A Piece Of My Mind by Edmund Wilson
292) The Truth About The Munich Crisis by Viscount Maugham
293) The Alienation Of Modern Man by Fritz Pappenheim
294) A Train Of Powder by Rebecca West
295) Report From Palermo by Danilo Dolci
296) The Devil In Massachusetts by Marion Starkey
297) American Rights: The Constitution In Action, by Walter Gellhorn
298) Night by Francis Pollini
299) The Right Of The People by William Douglas
300) The Jury Is Still Out by Irwin Davidson and Richard Gehman
301) First Degree by William Kunstler
302) Democracy In America by Alexis De Tocqueville
303) World Underworld by Andrew Varna
Here are some from her collection coolio.gif
Thanks suusmarie. I certainly have not seen those books before in picture form.
Wow! I had never seen those books. It´s interesting to see that she read a book named: the failure of success.
Thanks Suus
I wonder how someone kept track of what MM read. Are all of these books she owned? Because then it would be easier to know what she read. I mean, I can't even remember all the books I've read, and she read so much.
Oh and I can't put the list on my site just yet... because I don't have a site anymore. My host stopped hosting abruptly and now I'm looking for a new home for my site.

304) Catechism For Young Children (1936, so may be from Norma Jeane's childhood)
305) Prayer Changes Things (1952, inscribed to MM - perhaps from Jane Russell?)
306) The Prophet by Kahlil Bibran (a second copy?)
307) The Magic Word L.I.D.G.T.T.F.T.A.T.I.M. by Robert Collier
308) The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran (a third copy?)
309) His Brother's Keeper by Milton Gross (3-page extract from Readers' Digest, Dec 1961)
310) Christliches ergissmeinnicht by K. Ehmann
311) And It Was Told Of A Certain Potter by Walter C. Lanyon (1922, so may be from childhood. Several newspaper poems and prayers tipped in.)
312) Bahai Prayers (inscribed to MM, 'Marilyn Monroe Maybeline. A gift for my darling Maybeline, with all my love, Charlzetta' - dated 1961.)


313) Man Against Himself by Karl A. Menninger
314) The Tower And The Abyss by Erich Kahler
315) Something To Live By, by Dorothea S. Kopplin
316) Man's Supreme Inheritance by Alexander F. Matthias
317) The Miracles Of Your Mind by Joseph Murphy
318) The Wisdom Of The Sands by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
319) A Prison, A Paradise by Loran Hurnscot
320) The Magic Of Believing by Claude M. Bristol
321) Peace Of Mind by Joshua Loth Liebman
322) The Use Of The Self by Alexander F. Matthias
323) The Power Within You by Claude M. Bristol
324) The Call Girl by Harold Greenwald
325) Troubled Women by Lucy Freeman (who later wrote 'Why Norma Jean Killed Marilyn Monroe')
326) Relax And Live by Joseph A. Kennedy
327) Forever Young, Forever Healthy by Indra Devi
328) The Open Self by Charles Morris
329) Hypnotism Today by Leslie Lecron & Jean Bordeaux
330) The Masks Of God: Primitive Mythology, by Joseph Campbell
331) Some Characteristics Of Today by Rudolph Steiner
I really am impressed how she wanted to improve herself.Ok,she didn't go to schools a lot but this wide range of books shows (well,at least to me) that she was seriously going to "feed her brains",educate herself and not just settle to be an another dumb blonde.

332) Baby & Child Care by Dr Benjamin Spock (pub. 1958)
333) Flower Arranging For Fun by Hazel Peckinpaugh Dunlop
334) Hugo's Pocket Dictionary: French-English And English-French
335) Spoken French For Travellers And Tourists, by Charles Kany & Mathurin Dondo
336) Roget's Pocket Thesaurus, by C.O. Mawson & K.A. Whiting


337) What Is A Jew? by Morris Kertzer
338) A Partisan Guide To The Jewish Problem, by Milton Steinberg
339) The Tales Of Rabbi Nachman, by Martin Buber
340) The Saviours Of God: Spiritual Exercises, by Nikos Kazantzakis
341) The Prophet by Kahlil Gilbran (4th copy?)
342) The Dead Sea Scrolls by Millar Burrows
343) The Secret Books Of The Egyptian Gnostics, by Jean Doresse
344) Jesus by Kahlil Gilbran
345) Memories Of A Catholic Girlhood, by Mary McCarthy
346) Why I Am Not A Christian, by Bertrand Russell

Russian Literature

347) Redemption & Other Plays by Leo Tolstoy
348) The Viking Library Portable Anton Chekhov
349) The House Of The Dead, by Fyodor Dostoevsky
350) Crime And Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
351) Best Russian Stories: An Anthology, ed. Thomas Seltzer
352) The Plays Of Anton Chekhov
353) Smoke by Ivan Turgenev
354) The Poems, Prose & Plays Of Alexander Pushkin

355) The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky (not in the Christies' catalogue. But friends of MM recall her reading it as a young actress, and she had hopes of playing Grushenka. Her own remarks in interviews make it clear that she had read the novel.)
Marilyn sure read alot! It suprises me she was such a smart woman, I don't think I could ever read all those books for my 36th birthday!

356) Our Knowledge Of The External World, by Bertrand Russell
357) Common Sense And Nuclear Warfare, by Bertrand Russell
358) Out Of My Later Years by Albert Einstein
359) Men And Atoms by William Laurence
360) Man Alive by Daniel Colin Munro (inscribed to Renna Campbell from Lorraine?)
361) Doctor Pygmalion by Maxwell Maltz
362) Panorama: A New Review, ed. R.F. Tannenbaum
363) Everyman's Search by Rebecca Beard
364) Of Stars And Men by Harlow Shapley
365) From Hiroshima To The Moon, by Daniel Lang
366) The Open Mind by J. Robert Oppenheimer
367) Sexual Impotence In The Male, by Leonard Paul Wershub

Scripts And Readings

368) Medea by Jeffers Robinson
369) Antigone by Jean Anouilh
370) Bell, Book And Candle by John Van Druten
371) The Women by Clare Boothe
372) Jean Of Lorraine by Maxwell Anderson

373) The Sawbwa And His Secretary by C.Y. Lee
374) The Twain Shall Meet by Christopher Rand
375) Kingdom Of The Rocks by Consuelo De Saint-Exupery
376) The Heart Of India by Alexander Campbell
377) Man-Eaters Of India by Jim Corbett
378) Jungle Lore by Jim Corbett
379) My India by Jim Corbett
380) A Time In Rome by Elizabeth Bowen
381) London by Jacques Boussard
382) New York State Vacationlands
383) Russian Journey by William O. Douglas
384) The Golden Bough by James G. Frazer

Women Authors

385) The Portable Dorothy Parker
386) My Antonia by Willa Cather
387) Lucy Gayheart by Willa Cather
388) The Ballad Of The Sad Cafe by Carson McCullers (befriended Marilyn when she first moved to New York)
389) The Short Novels Of Colette (A second copy?)
390) The Little Disturbances Of Man by Grace Paley

This is the end of the Christies' list! Here are a few other books which weren't included, but Marilyn was reported either to have read or owned them. Most of this list comes from the Unabridged Marilyn, and I've added a few others that I know of.

391) The Autobiography Of Lincoln Steffens (read during The Fireball)
392-403) Carl Sandburg's 12-volume biography of Abraham Lincoln
404) The Little Prince by Antoine De Saint-Exupery (Marilyn gave a copy to Joe after their wedding)
405) Poems Of W.B. Yeats (Marilyn read his poems aloud at Norman Rosten's house)
406) Mr Roberts by Joyce Cary
407) The Thinking Body by Mabel Elsworth Todd
408) The Actor Prepares by Konstantin Stanislavsky
409) The Bible
410) The Biography Of Eleanora Duse, by William Weaver
411) De Humani Corporis Fabrica (Study Of Human Bone Structure) by Andreas Vesalius
412) Essays by Ralph Waldo Emerson
413) Gertrude Lawrence As Mrs A, by Richard Aldrich
414) Goodnight Sweet Prince by Gene Fowler
415) Greek Mythology by Edith Hamilton
416) How Stanislavsky Directs by Mikhail Gorchakov (posted earlier by Felicia)
417) I Married Adventure by Olso Johnson
418) The Importance Of Living by Lin Yutang
419) Letters To A Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke (read during All About Eve)
420) Psychology Of Everyday Life by Sigmund Freud
421) The Rains Came by Louis Broomfield
422) The Rights Of Man by Thomas Paine (read during some Like It Hot)
423) Swann's Way by Marcel Proust
424) To The Actor by Michael Chekhov (Marilyn's acting teacher from 1950-1955)
425) Captain Newman, M.D. (Novel based on Dr Ralph Greenson’s as an army doctor in Korea. Marilyn was said to be reading this on the week of her death.A film based on the book was released in 1963.)
426) Songs For Patricia by Norman Rosten (posted by Paju)
427) A Lost Lady by Willa Cather (Marilyn hoped to film this with her production company. But an earlier adaptation was so disappointing to the author, that she withdrew the film rights.)
428) Lust For Life by Irving Stone
429) The Deer Park by Norman Mailer (Hollywood-based novel. Marilyn commented on the book, ‘He’s too impressed by power, in my opinion.’ Mailer tried unsuccessfully to meet Marilyn, and after her death wrote several books on her.)
430) The Rebel by Albert Camus

PS How could I forget Arthur Miller?

431) Focus by Arthur Miller (A novel, Marilyn's favourite work by him)
432) Plays by Arthur Miller


433) Poetry by e.e.cummings (Arthur bought Marilyn a copy when they first met in 1951)
434) Leaves Of Grass by Walt Whitman

I will add more if I remember, please add any you can think of too.
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Marilyn’s Library: My Picks

This list consists of books I’ve read or would like to read, so it reflects my own favourites from Marilyn’s collection.

1) Books by Albert Camus (The Fall, The Rebel)
2) Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
3) The Prophet by Kahlil Gilbran
4) The Last Temptation Of Christ by Nikos Kazantzakis
5) On The Road by Jack Kerouac
6) Sons And Lovers by DH Lawrence
7) Plays by Sean O'Casey
8) Plays Of Clifford Odets (Golden Boy, Clash By Night
9) Plays by Eugene O'Neill (Long Day's Journey Into Night, Anna Christie)
10) The Little Engine That Could by Piper Watty
11) Plays by George Bernard Shaw
12) Anything by John Steinbeck
13) The Roman Spring Of Mrs Stone by Tennessee Williams
14) Plays Of Tennessee Williams
15) Tender Is The Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald
16) Books by Thomas Wolfe (The Story Of A Novel, Look Homeward Angel)
17) Winesburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson
18) The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
19) Short Novels Of Colette
20) Goodness Had Nothing To Do With It by Mae West
21) Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
22) Nana by Emile Zola
23) An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser
24) Brighton Rock by Graham Greene
25) Anything by Dylan Thomas (his poetry is great)
26) The Sound And The Fury/As I Lay Dying, by William Faulkner
27) The Dubliners by James Joyce
28) Poems by Emily Dickinson
29) Anything by Dorothy Parker
30) Of Human Bondage by W. Somerset Maugham
31) The Poetry Of Shelley
32) The Poetry Of William Blake
33) The Poetry Of Edna St Vincent Millay
34) The Poetry And Plays Of Federico Garcia Lorca
35) The novels of Fyodor Dostoevsky (Crime And Punishment, The Brothers Karamazov)
36) The novels of Willa Cather (My Antonia, A Lost Lady)
37) The novels of Carson McCullers (eg Ballad Of The Sad Café)
38) The Little Disturbances Of Man by Grace Paley
39) Mr Roberts by Joyce Cary
40) The Thinking Body by Mabel Elsworth Todd
41) Letters To A Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke
42) Songs For Patricia by Norman Rosten
43) Focus by Arthur Miller
44) Plays by Arthur Miller
45) Leaves Of Grass by Walt Whitman
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You're welcome Ellen! I just added Arthur Miller in at the end.
Thanks Tara for the complete list... clapping.gif well, almost, if there weren't anymore new discovery of books that Marilyn read...but i print a copy of it where you end. If there was anymore new to add, members feel free to add. biggrin.gif
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QUOTE(Tara @ Nov 22 2006, 06:41 PM) *
283) Das Kapital by Karl Marx

Don't get hurt now, I love Marilyn and appreciate her enourmously. But what comes to this booklist, I think it's a list of the books she owned, I don't think she had time read them all.

Das Kapital by Karl Marx ? cheers.gif

And James Joyce's Ulysses? I've never met anybody till these days who's been able to read that book, well, maybe Marilyn did, uh...

She had an account in a bookstore in Los Angeles and bought a lot of books. Where does this list come from, is it made by somebody who knew Marilyn closely?
The list is mostly from Marilyn's own book collection, as catalogued for the Christie's auction. They came from her private estate, or books she herself mentioned reading. I agree she probably didn't read all of them from cover to cover, I certainly haven't read every book on my shelf. But it does give you an insight into the depth of her interest. Arthur Miller said that although she didn't always finish books, she was able to grasp the gist of them very quickly.
QUOTE(Tara @ May 14 2008, 07:23 PM) *
The list is mostly from Marilyn's own book collection, as catalogued for the Christie's auction. They came from her private estate, or books she herself mentioned reading. I agree she probably didn't read all of them from cover to cover, I certainly haven't read every book on my shelf. But it does give you an insight into the depth of her interest. Arthur Miller said that although she didn't always finish books, she was able to grasp the gist of them very quickly.

Yes, certainly; thanks Tara for the impressing list. I think that Marilyn read quite many of them, I myself too find it's comforting to have a lot of books around even if there's not allways time to read but parts of them, or grasp through the most interesting parts. I think Marilyn honestly enjoyed the feeling that anytime she could pick up a book she's bought and has been interested of, say for instance, in the silence of the night when one can't get sleep.
And maybe all of those books represented for her also something very different than the Hollywood world and the image she sometimes found heavy to carry throb.gif
Only just seen this thread, thank you for posting the list Tara and for your own picks too. I plan to add to my dismal bookshelf with some of those you mentioned.
I can add two.

'Under Milk Wood' by Dylan Thomas. When Marilyn was at Parkside she enjoyed listening to a radio broadcast of UMW with Richard Burton as the narrator. She told Jack Cardiff about and he bought her a copy.

'The Collected Lakeland Poets' which I gave her.
QUOTE(Alanma @ May 14 2008, 08:15 PM) *
I can add two.

'Under Milk Wood' by Dylan Thomas. When Marilyn was at Parkside she enjoyed listening to a radio broadcast of UMW with Richard Burton as the narrator. She told Jack Cardiff about and he bought her a copy.

'The Collected Lakeland Poets' which I gave her.

Thanks Alan!
What an amazing list!!! Thanks so much for posting it!!!!
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