Thursday, June 7, 2012

3rd Installment of "My Tribute To Marilyn"



Did You Know?

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She Was Extremely Well-Read

Ever conscious of the gaps in her formal education, Monroe tried to make up for it by educating herself as an adult whenever she could. One avenue she pursued avidly toward that end was reading. According to Christie's, which auctioned off many of her effects in 1999, her personal library at the time of her death contained over 400 volumes.

Her taste in reading material included works from authors whom one would not normally assocate with a sex goddess but who were nonetheless typical of the ones people were reading in the 1950s and early 60s: Freud. Tolstoy. Dostoevsky. F. Scott Fitzgerald. Camus. Ralph Ellison. James Joyce. Often such selections came after Monroe's having sought the advice of others whom she thought more knowledgeable, and in some works, such as Man's Supreme Inheritance by F. Matthias Alexander, she made extensive personal notes.

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